This detail of Botticelli's Primavera represents the Graces, a trio of goddesses who are the embodiment and personification of grace and charm in Classical mythology.
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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. In addition, there is an excellent description of Botticelli's Primavera, complete with interpretations of the painting and a discussion of possible symbolic meanings.