1400 – 1500
Renaissance in Italy & the North

Botticelli's Primavera

Sandro Botticelli, La Primavera (Spring), 1481-1482, tempera on panel, 80 x 123 1/2" or 203 x 314 (Galleria degli Uffizi, Florence)

Speakers: Dr. Beth Harris and Dr. Steven Zucker

Note: The figure at the far right is the God Mercury (not Mars), who may represent the  month of May, stirring the clouds to cause the weather to change. In fact the painting may show, right to left, a progression through the months of spring. 

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Sandra wrote on Wednesday, July 18, 2012

I thought that the male figure on the far left was supposed to represent Mercury, not Mars, whom with his Caduceus keeps bad weather at bay...I may be wrong, please will you let me know? Many thanks in advance. By the way, this website is AWESOME! THANK YOU

Will Wattles wrote on Tuesday, October 09, 2012

I too think the website is wonderful. I also have seen quite a few places say that the figure on the left is Mercury with his caduceus.

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