La Primavera Analysis

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Alessandro di Mariano Filipepi Botticelli, more commonly known as Botticelli was a Renaissance Florentine painter and draughtsman born in 1445. His focus was on paintings and he used oil as his medium with his subjects being figures. During his time, he was one of the most praised painters in Italy. He was summoned to take part in the Sistine Chapel commissioned by Pope Julius II while being the patron of leading families in Florence like the Medici. By the time of his death, however, his reputation was already declined being outshined by the new style of high renaissance -his was early renaissance- paintings of painters like Michelangelo and Raphael in the Vatican. In his early years his style was more focused on human figure than space, but later reformed to making plenty of small figures so the picture may seem more alive and elaborated. One of his prominent includes La Primavera, the Spring. The painting was painted for Lorenzo di Pierfrancesco de Medici, cousin of Lorenzo the Magnificent in 1482. The Medici were an important Florentine banking family who later were also the Royal House of Tuscany. The setting of the painting is notably in an orange grove. This relates to the…show more content…
Over decades of analyzing, many theories have evolved. One of the most verified is that the painting is the realm of Venus. Venus, the Roman goddess of love is shown in the centre with her presence showing the humanist interest in the classical world that was popular in florence at that time. She is portrayed as the goodness (Humanitas) who protects the men here, distinguishing her materialistic values on the right from the spiritual values towards the right. The Humanitas encourages the ideal of a positive man who is confident in his abilities and is sensitive to the needs of others. She also represents an idealized women; slightly off-centre and head somewhat tilted towards the
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