Friday, April 22, 2005
Spring, c.1470/80 by Sandro Botticelli, Galleria degli Uffizi, Florence.
The subjects in this Renaissance painting are mythological - Venus, the Three Graces, Cupid, etc. However later in his career Botticelli fell under the influence of the powerful priest Savonarola and stopped painting scenes based on the ancient myths.
Tuesday, April 19, 2005
Merry Jesters by Henri Rousseau, Philadelphia Museum of Art.
Rousseau frequently visited the botanical garden in Paris for inspiration, he then concocted scenes with wild animals in his imagination and put them on canvas. His style was admired by other artists for it's straighforward and untrained style.