Artist Sandro Botticelli

Date ca. 1482

Movement Italian Renaissance

Medium Tempera on panel

Dimensions 6’8 x 10’4″

Housed at Galleria degli Uffizi, Florence

This work was commissioned by Lorenzo Medici, likely for his cousin’s wedding. At left, Hermes keeps clouds away from the Three Graces; at right, Zephyr transforms Chloris into Flora; at center, Venus stands, graceful and elegant, below Eros. Some scholars believe this to be a portrait of Venus’ power, while others see it as an allegory of the immortality of the soul, and still others as a symbol of marriage. The figures are treated with a delicate, soft light and form; made all the more entrancing upon a cool background of orange trees.