Primavera by Sandro Botticelli

Botticelli's Primavera painting is amongst the most famous to have come from his productive career which spread across the 15th century. This website brings you detailed information on the Primavera painting as well as looking further into the career of Botticelli as a whole. There are also other Botticelli paintings at Botticellipaintings.com. There are several images of the original Primavera painting here and each is included alongside links to where you can buy your own copy as a framed giclee art print, poster or stretched canvas from recommended retailer, Art.com.

Allegory of Spring is the alternative name for this painting which was created by Botticelli in 1482 and was made from tempera on panel. It is now held at the Uffizi in Florence, Italy and has been there for many years, becoming one of the major draws of an impressive collection in the city where the Renaissance first began. The original Allegory of Spring stands at an impressive 80 x 124 inches in landscape format, though most who buy reproduction prints of it tend to go for something a little smaller to match modern home walls.

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Primavera painting by Botticelli

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Botticelli's Primavera portrays a scene of mythological characters as was common for this artist and the amount of detail given to each character makes it a highly interesting painting which can keep your attention for a prolonged period. The painting is seen as a symbolic depiction also of Spring thanks to the background items which sit behind the mytholigical portraits and occasionally interacts with them, particularly in the case of the cherubs who fly above Venus.

Venus remains a key figure in many works from Italian Sandro Botticelli and her graceful figure makes her lift each and every work in which she appears, normally as the central figure. The artist also spent a considerable amount of time on the flowers and trees in the painting as well as the characters, actually going to the trouble of including over 100 different species which gives the original an incredible depth of interest. During the Renaissance periods if was quite common for artists to take several years to complete a major work, including regular revisions as their artistic minds wandered in different directions. Other Botticelli paintings can be found at the Oil Painting Shop.

All of the links included within this website offer Primavera as a high quality print for those looking to add one of Botticelli's finest paintings to their home or office wall. Artist Sandro remains one of the most popular within the whole of Art.com's Renaissance section and his Primavera work is one of his most prominent of all. We regularly use Art.com's store ourselves for several of our favourite Italian painters and so are more than happy to recommend them to you here.

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Primavera painting by Botticelli

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Primavera is not only popular as the full art work which was produced by the artist, but also several key sections of it are also sometimes ordered as copies, cropped areas taken from the overall piece allowing greater detail on these particular objectes. Detailed elements worth checking out have included Flora who stands immediately next to Venus, Mercury who may have been modeled after Giuliano de Medici, Zephyrus and Chloris who are to the far right of the painting, plus also The Three Graces who play together to the nearest left of Venus.

Pallas and the Centaur was completed by Botticelli in the same year as Primavera and although they took different lengths of time to complete, they are believed by many to actually be complementary pieces which fitted together in a way that many artists from more recent art movements have produced whole series of paintings, such as Seasons by Alphonse Mucha and the Haystacks series by French impressionist Claude Monet.

The general belief of Primavera is that it offers a symbolic and flattering way of depicting a woman's fertility and therefore it can be considered that all of the species of plants which decorate the piece are of considerable significance and not just aesthetic touches to complete the work which many may at first believe. This painting has received as much study and research as almost any other painting from the Renaissance period but few complete decisions have ever really been made, leading to yet more conjecture over the meaning of the painting, the significance of the other characters besides Venus and many other issues related to this work.

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Primavera painting by Botticelli

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The Primavera painting continues to bring pleasure to art fans right across the world thanks to the incredible success of the Renaissance art movement plus Botticelli's own status as one of the most significant contributors to it, alongside other masters such as Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo and Raphael. Primavera is believed to be a personification of Spring and the nature sitting behind her helps to get across the idea of fertility.

Mythological and allegorical paintings were distinctly common during this period of artistic development which was led from Italy and continued around the rest of Europe. Religion played a huge role within the country of this provincial region at this time, even more than it does today, and so it was inevitable that such topics would feature frequently within the art works of the major names of Italian art during that period.

List of Famous Sandro Botticelli Paintings

Please see below for a summarised list of the best Botticelli paintings that are featured throughout this website.

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