This detail of Botticelli's Primavera represents Zephyrus, god of the winds. In this painting, the wind god is shown emerging from the sky, his robes fluttering in a gentle breeze. One will immediately notice that the skin of Zephyrus is a delicate shade of blue. His appearance therefore contrasts strongly with the pale skin and golden hair of Chloris, the nymph he is pursuing.
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History of Italian Renaissance Art
In this impressive book, Professor Frederick Hartt examines the architecture, sculpture, and painting of the Italian Renaissance. First, the roots of the Renaissance are explored, then the Quattrocento and Cinquecento are revealed in this masterful work.