Madonna of the Pomegranate – 1487 Sandro Botticelli

Botticelli painted the Madonna of the Pomegranate in 1487. The picture's title is explained by the pomegranate in Mary's hand: this should be understood to symbolize Christ's Passion, the wealth of seeds conveying the fullness of Christ's suffering. Botticelli has now arranged the angels symmetrically, thereby avoiding the compositional difficulties of the older depiction. A … Continue reading Madonna of the Pomegranate – 1487 Sandro Botticelli

Botticelli’s Primavera

Sandro Botticelli - La Primavera 1482 We’re looking at Sandra Botecelli’s and also one of the most enigmatic ‘The Primavera’ (latin) which means spring in English. Venus, according to the Greek poet Hesiod who wrote the Theogony, was born out of sea foam. The story goes that the God Uranus had a son named Cronus who overthrew his father, … Continue reading Botticelli’s Primavera

The Birth Of Venus – Sandro Botticelli

Sandro Botticelli painted the Birth of Venus between 1484-85. The painting shows the triumphant Goddess of Love and Beauty. The Romans knew her as Venus, while for the Greeks she was Aphrodite. She stands tall and naked at the centre of the canvas, looking ethereal and luminous. She seems to draw all attention to herself; a symbol of beauty, who is both physical and spiritual.  … Continue reading The Birth Of Venus – Sandro Botticelli