Botticelli’s «Primavera»: a botanical interpretation in a new edition

”If we were to pick one artist as the most representative of the Uffizi Galleries, it would most likely be Botticelli rather than Michelangelo.” These are the words penned by Eike Schmidt, Director of the Uffizi, for the introduction of the book ‘Botticelli’s «Primavera»: a botanical interpretation, including astrology, alchemy, and the Medici’ written by Mirella Levi d’Ancona and published by Olschki Publisher in Florence, Italy. After all, Botticelli’s popularity with the general public, his frequent mentions, and the wealth of gadgets he inspires are testimony to the soundness of this claim.

But it is ultimately the Primavera, an icon of the imagination and an undisputed symbol of the Renaissance, that towers above it all. In the book, the key to understanding Botticelli’s work and its meanings are the flowers and plants of the meadow where the scene of his masterpiece takes place. An interpretation that brings out a world of meanings and suggestions that gently lead the readers into the very heart of that extraordinary period of time that goes by the name of the Renaissance.

Botticelli has depicted forty kinds of plants. In the book, the author has illustrated the plant in several sketches bearing numbers that enable the reader to identify the plants in the painting. In addition to the English names arranged alphabetically, the plants are also identified by their Latin, botanical and Italian names. Renaissance engravings of plants next to the names of each plant make the identification of the plants easier.

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