Analysis Of Sandro Botticelli 's Primavera Essay

1901 Words Mar 27th, 2016 8 Pages
Sandro Botticelli 's Primavera is one of the most famous Renaissance paintings. Created in 1482 and sometimes called the Allegory of Spring, the Primavera, Italian for spring, was commissioned by the Medici family. Symbolism is everywhere and often it sparks controversy over the true meaning of a work. The complexity and beauty incorporated compel the viewer to enter Venus’s Garden and become a part of the narrative. Many interpretations and representations of the figures are debated among scholars. Only Botticelli himself would know the true meaning of each figure and of their placement. He creates a complicated network of detail in his painting, that show he had magnificent artistic ability. Artists of this era did not just paint anything, they spent time thinking and making deliberate choices for every factor in their paintings. Botticelli creates his work with purpose in mind by his complexity of symbolism, interpretation, representation, and artistic style.
Venus’s beauty is spread throughout this landscape by means of the Spring season. Flowers lay everywhere and the scene is taken over with sunny skies. Ovid, an ancient poet that Andrews agrees with, wrote about the seasons in his work entitled, Fasti. In Ovid’s description Venus is dedicated to the month of April, which is why she is present in a spring setting. In reference to Venus, Andrews states, “Although she could be drawing us in, one can also see her as turning away, fading into the background, as the…

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