This detail of Botticelli's Primavera represents Chloris, who was a nymph in Classical mythology. In this portion of the painting, Chloris is being pursued by the wind god Zephyrus. She is draped in a diaphanous gown, her golden hair swept by the breeze.
Botticelli has captured Chloris's transformation from a nymph to a goddess and represented this moment most effectively by using a subtle, poetic device - to signal the change, the artist painted flowers emerging from the nymph's mouth. This detail is perhaps one of the most beautiful - and memorable - images in art.
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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.