'La Primavera', after BotticelliPublisher:
The Arundel Society
, British, 1849 - 1897
, Italian, active mid 1800s
, Italian, 1444 - 1510
Material and Medium: chromolithograph on paper
Dimensions: Support: 530 x 822mm
Overall: 697 x 100mm
Mount: 716 x 102mm
Accession Number: CGSG00230
Art historians describe this painting as an 'allegory', or painting in which different aspects come together to suggest a particular message. 'La Primavera' depicts a number of different symbols and characters from Roman mythology standing within a garden. Venus, the goddess of love stands at the centre, with her son, Cupid above her. The Three Graces (Aglaia, Euphrosyne and Thalia) appear towards the left, and the god Mercury guards the garden at the far left. To Venus' right is Flora, the goddess of Spring, and at the far right is depicted Flora's previous incarnation as the nymph Chloris, who was attacked by Zephyrus, the god of the wind.
'La Primavera' translates from Italian as 'Spring'. The original painting was painted by Sandro Botticelli (1444-1510) in about 1482 for Florence's rich and powerful Medici family. This chromolithograph is one of a number of works of this period produced and sold reasonably cheaply by the Arundel Society to influence public taste and provide educational resources for art students.