Botticelli, Primavera, c. 1480
Botticelli, Birth of Venus, c. 1483
The Neoplatonists were interested in how God’s presence was infused in the material world; the infusion,
they believed, took place by means of beauty and love. Botticelli’s figures are delicate and graceful; they
gesture delicately while their hair and clothing flutters around them. The Birth of Venus is important
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