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Botticelli, Alessandro (1444/45-1510)
La PrimaveraDate: 1477-78
Museum: Uffizi Galleries
One of the most famous and important paintings in the world.
Figures in the picture:
Venus (the goddess of love) is standing in the centre of the picture, set slightly back from the other figures. Above her, Cupid is aiming one of his arrows of love at the Three Graces, who are elegantly dancing a rondel. The garden is guarded on the left by Mercury (the messenger of gods, and god of trade), who stretches out his hand to touch the clouds. From the right, Zephyrus, the god of the winds, is forcefully pushing his way in, in pursuit of the nymph Chloris. The beautiful lady in floral dress is Flora, the goddess of spring.
Dimensions of the painting: 203x314 cm
Technique: tempera on panel
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