Botticelli: La Primavera
Painted for the marriage of a cousin of Lorenzo dé Medici. IT is set in a grove of thick Orange trees, with Zephyr, the god of the west wind, pursuing the virgin nymph Cloris. (mouth filled with flowers.) He will rape her, then marry her, and she will be transformed into Flora, the Goddess of spring, who is strewing flowers from her garment. To the left, Mercury pokes his staff at storm clouds. The Three Graces dance in a ring, and Cupid, blindfolded, is ready to shoot a golden arrow in their direction. Venus (chaste) is in the middle. He depicts the various aspects of spring and marriage: sudden, violent changes in the weather, and emotion. He seems to remind one that nature and love can be beautiful but also dangerous.