Sandro Botticelli's Primavera

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Sayem Shajahan
Magistra Oh
Art History II
Saturday 21, 2012
Primavera by Sandro Botticelli
“Alessandro Filipepi, also know as Sandro Botticelli, (1444-1510) was born in Florence, Italy around 1445” (“Sandro Botticelli Biography” 1). Alessandro started his painting career during the Italian Renaissance, although Sandro died at the age of 65 and his painting career was unsuccessful, after his death his paintings became more popular and demanding. One of his famous painting, La Primavera was created after Sandro Botticelli’s’ The Birth Of Venus. In Sandro Botticelli’s The Birth of Venus, Venus is younger and more youthful. In La Primavera, Venus is more mature and is older. La Primavera was created during the Florence Renaissance, which was the rebirth of the political and economic of Florence. In La Primavera, Sandro Botticelli’s purpose of the work of art was to create a spring scene that “ illustrates one of love and marriage and when done in the right order will bring sensuality and fertility” (“Primavera (Allegory of Spring) 1.”

Sandro Botticelli’s La Primavera was held over the bed of the Medici Families bride. This painting was so show that the marriage will be successful. The painting consisted of nine figures that tell a different story of the painting. The figures in the painting are all different and are doing different actions. In the painting, there are three main figures, which are at different parts of the painting. The three main figures are the Three Graces, Venus the god of love, and above Venus is Cupid the god of erotic love, and Cupid aims his bow towards the Three Graces. The Three Graces are performing a dance therefore their hands are all touching each other and cupid who is over them is “harrowing chastity” (“Primavera ((Allegory of Spring))” 1).

At the top center of the painting, we see a figure that has smaller proportions than the other eight figures in the painting. This figure is at a horizontal position and has its left hand...
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