Primavera by Sandro Botticelli
Florence, Galleria degli Uffizi
This painting depicts several mythological characters including Venus, Cupid, and Mercury. The painting appeals to me with the emphasis placed on the figures rather than the forest. This shows the shift to humanism with the emphasis placed on the people and not on the forest which appears rather dull and minor in the background. “The Central theme of the Primavera is one of love and marriage… hung in the bedroom of a bride” to signify fertility (http://www.historylink101.com/art/Sandro_Botticelli/pages/09_Primavera_jpg.htm). I find it very fascinating to think about being a newlywed and seeing this painting every night- frank in-laws! This painting also shows how influential the Medici family was in the arts, as it not only was commissioned by the Medici family, but it hung in the bedroom of “a bride to a member of the Medici family” (http://www.historylink101.com/art/Sandro_Botticelli/pages/09_Primavera_jpg.htm). The artist even chose the mythological scene to please the Medici family per their request.
The Primavera is an elegant and beautiful example of the influence of the Medici family as well as the appearance of Humanism in art. The painting has a light tone to it and is almost dainty and hopeful. It is dainty in the way the women seem to be light on their feet as well as lightly clothed in color and appearance. It has a hopeful theme and feeling in the way the women seem to be content and hopeful for love. The women figures are rather oblivious to the other characters which would suppose the minor role they have in choosing a companion.