Comparing Botticelli 's Primavera And Mendersohn Becker 's Self Portrait With An Amber Necklace

1326 Words Nov 3rd, 2014 6 Pages
In the Renaissance, specifically in Italy in the fifteenth century, the focus on Greek and Roman mythology was revived (Grissom). Also, the Medici family, who was the ruler of Florence, Italy, commissioned work in order to display and solidify “their fame and political power” (Grissom). As a result, there are quite a few pieces that were made to celebrate and give good luck to the Medici. These characteristics are completely different in the 20th century. During the 20th Century, there is a sense of chaos in the world from the wars and revolutions that are occurring and causing political and social stirs, and the Great Depression, which severely affected the economy of all the major countries of the time (Stokstad 1018). As a result, new styles and techniques occur in art, and emotions are brought back to the forefront of the works. The two pieces that will be compared to show the differences between these eras are Botticelli’s Primavera and Mendersohn-Becker’s Self-Portrait with an Amber Necklace. Botticelli’s Primavera was done in 1482. This painting was done to commemorate the marriage of Lorenzo di Pierfrancesco de’ Medici to his new wife, Semiramide d’Appiano (Stokstad 627). The piece is very detailed from the flowers and the trees all the way to the clothing of the figures in the painting. In the piece, Botticelli has Mercury, the Three Graces, Chastity, Beauty, and Love; Venus, Flora; and Zephyrus and Chloris. Venus, who is the goddess of love, is in the middle of…

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