It’s Vernal Equinox – and once again, night and day stand in perfect balance
Sandro Botticelli, PRIMAVERA (1482) – the ultimate celebration of spring
Botticelli’s Primavera was one of the first large-scale European paintings to tell a story that was not Christian, replacing the agony of Easter with a pagan rite. The very idea of art as a pleasure, and not a sermon, began in this meadow.
The miracle of Botticelli’s painting is that it translates all this life-renewing joy into colours and figures. The cool shade of the green trees sets off pale limbs, blond hair, gauzes and bright robes gliding over the carpet of flowers. The season is at once warmed by the sun and cooled by breezes. It is an image of life unstoppable.
“As she talks, her lips breathe spring roses:
I was Chloris, who am now called Flora.”