3/22/2013

Spring: Sandro Botticelli and Flora, the Roman Goddess of Spring

Laird Markow has sent in two classic representations of spring, along with a few words about each one:
 Flora, the Roman Goddess of Spring Fresco 79 A.D. 
I'm impressed by the painterly economy of the ancient Roman frescoes. The artist here has captured the natural movement of his subject, the flow of her robes, and the delicate pinch as she picks a flower. The greens, yellows, pinks, and blues echo the season. This fresco still has a freshness after being entombed in ash for over 2,000 years. It is a good example of rebirth.

Sandro Botticelli Primavera (detail of Flora) tempura on panel 1482
The goddess of flowers, Flora was celebrated by the ancient Greeks, then the Romans and on down to the Italian Renaissance. Botticelli has portrayed Flora as the embodiment of Spring and fertility.
Thanks Laird! 

The month of March is dedicated to the theme of spring. Have some favorite paintings of the season of spring by other artists you'd like to share? Please email your suggestion (not your own work please) with a few words to describe why you like it. Be sure to include the title, medium, size and year.

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