But the dreamy, allegorical Botticellis were my favorites. I have never really studied Botticelli much, but when I stood before these it was possible to get lost. First, The Birth of Venus. Note, please the breath of life blown her way. Curious that Botticelli chose to paint in a 2-dimensional flat style so out of synch with current Renaissance art of the time, but the setting seems appropriate for the subject, Venus rises mysteriously from the sea.
Perhaps as much or more, I was impressed with La Primavera 1482 (The Spring) by Botticelli. Venus (center) represents the fertile growth of Spring. Cupid hovers above the Three Graces. Note the center figure has her attention on the male in the lefthand corner, Mercury. The woman in the flowered dress is Primavera or the personification of Spring. There are at least 500 plant species represented in the painting, with about 190 flowers.