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Cracked the code Botticelli

October 17 2005
17:45

Italian art critic argues that solved the encrypted message canvas by Sandro Botticelli's "Spring". Professor, University of Rome Enrico Guidon believes that the painting allegorically represented the political aspirations of Lorenzo de 'Medici ruler of Florence, reports British newspaper The Times.

Sandro Botticelli was working under the Medici court in late 1460-s-1480's. The famous "Spring" ("Primavera"), he allegedly wrote in 1482.

Professor Guidon agree with the general opinion that bloom in the picture - this is a brilliant allegory of the court of Lorenzo de 'Medici, the central figure - is Venus or the Virgin Mary (or both).

The other eight figures interpreted in different ways: they can symbolize the months of the year or the liberal arts. Taking into account the interest in Ancient Greece and Rome at the court of the Florentine ruler, these characters can be regarded as ancient gods: so the leftmost character is usually called the Mercury, and the extreme right - marshmallows. But from a mythological interpretation of the images is fundamentally disagree professor at the University of Rome, according to Delfi.

Enrico Guidon believes that the painting depicts an allegorical plan for the unification of Italy: Venus or Mary, stands to Florence, the Three Graces represent the city of Naples, Genoa and Pisa, and Cupid - Rome, since the Latin word Amor (Love) - an anagram of the Eternal City (Roma ).

In times of Lorenzo de 'Medici Florence, with these four cities linked collusion. The cornerstone of relations with Rome had been married the daughter of Lorenzo Maddalena with "nephew" (actually the son) of Pope Innocent VIII, franceschetti. An ambitious plan to achieve the political world in Italy, collapsed with the death of Lorenzo the Magnificent in 1492.

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