Botticelli’s Primavera, and Lucretius’ De Natura Rerum

Botticelli's Primavera painting, close-up, Flora of the Meadows.

Botticelli’s Primavera painting, close-up, Flora of the Meadows.

“Spring comes, and Venus,
And Venus’ winged courier, Cupid runs in front.
And all along the path they will tread,
Dame Flora carpets the trail of Zephyr with a wealth of blossoms,
Exquisite in hue and fragrance.
So throughout seas and uplands,
Rushing torrents, verdurous meadows and leafy shelter of birds,
Into the breasts of one and all you instill alluring love,
so that with passionate longing they produce their several breeds.
Since you alone are the guiding power of the universe,
And without you, nothing emerges into the shining, sunlit world,
To grow in joy and loveliness.”
-Lucretius, De natura rerum

Botticelli's, interpretation of spring, Venus and Cupid in the center.

Botticelli’s, interpretation of spring, Venus and Cupid in the center.

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