dailyart-i-facts:

Favorite Stories:

Primavera, Sandro Botticelli

This masterpiece by Botticelli was commissioned in 1481 by Lorenzo the Magnificent on behalf of the marriage of his cousin Lorenzo di Pierfrancesco de’ Medici to Semiramide Appiani. Appiani is depicted as one of the three graces, her figure staring longingly at her betrothed, Lorenzo, who is portrayed as the Roman God Mercury. In the top center of the painting is a cupid shooting an arrow at the head of Appiani. This symbol, shooting an arrow at the head symbolizes what was known as an “ideal Renaissance Marriage” — a merging of two minds rather than two hearts.  

(via of-the-ages)

Sandro Botticelli renaissance