Botticelli's Three Graces Lithography
Botticelli's Three Graces Lithography

Botticelli's Three Graces Lithography

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A detail offset lithography reproduction of the Tree Graces in the painting Primavera by the 15th century Italian painter Sandro Botticelli.

The frame is  42 cm high and 34 cm long.

Primavera (meaning "Spring"), is a large panel painting in tempera paint by the Italian painter Sandro Botticelli made in the late 1470s or early 1480s which is not clear. It has been described as one of the most written about, and most controversial paintings in the world, and also one of the most popular paintings in Western art.

The painting depicts a group of figures from classical mythology in a garden, but no story has been found that brings this particular group together. Most critics agree that the painting is an allegory based on the lush growth of Spring, but accounts of any precise meaning vary, though many involve the

Renaissance Neoplatonism which then fascinated intellectual circles in Florence . The subject was first described as Primavera by the art historian Giorgio Vasari who saw it at Villa Castello, just outside Florence, by 1550.

Although the two are now known not to be a pair, the painting is inevitably discussed with Botticelli's other very large mythological painting, The Birth of Venus, also in the Uffizi. They are among the most famous paintings in the world, and icons of the Italian Renaissance; of the two, the Birth is even better known than the Primavera. As depictions of subjects from classical mythology, on a very large scale they were virtually unprecedented in Western art since classical antiquity.

The history of the painting is not certainly known; it may have been commissioned by one of the Medici family, but the certainty of its commission is unknown. It draws from a number of classical and Renaissance literary sources, including the works of the Ancient Roman poet Ovid and, less certainly, Lucretius, and may also allude to a poem by Poliziano, the Medici house poet who may have helped Botticelli devise the composition. Since 1919 the painting has been part of the collection of the Uffizi in  Florence, Italy.