Symbols of power: Arrigo Vll and Buonconvento

Henry Vll (Valenciennes 1275 Buonconvento, August 24, 1313) was the son of Count Henry VI of Luxembourg and Beatrice of Avesnes. He was raised in the French court and was connected to it because of cultural and political bonds. In 1292, he married Margaret of Brabant with whom he had three children. He was elected King of Germany in 1308, in spite of opposition by the King of France, Phillip the Fair, who hoped to crown his own brother Charles of Valois. Henry Vll, commonly known as Arrigo (more…)

From the enchanted “Giardino delle Esperidi di Botticelli” to the Italian garden

The gardens depicted in Botticelli's paintings, especially the one accurately depicted in the painting thus named by Vasari "Allegoria di Primavera", painted in tempera on wood (203x314 cm) and datable to about 1482, seem to have an important symbolic meaning. The 9 characters represented in the picture would seem to be in fact, in the "Giardino delle Esperidi". In this legendary garden grew a tree with golden apples, a gift from "Gea" for the wedding of "Zeus" with "Hera", and was guarded by the three nymphs "Esperidi" considered therefore the guardians of magical objects. (more…)

Dove riposa Simonetta Vespucci, la Venere di Sandro Botticelli?

Sandro Botticelli was one of the greatest painters of the Italian Renaissance. Born in Florence in March of 1445 in the area of Via del Porcellana and died in Florence in 1510. He trained in the workshop of Filippo Lippi with whom he worked in Prato in the frescoes of the main chapel of the Duomo. When Filippo Lippi moved to Spoleto the Botticelli frequented the shops of Antonio del Pollaiolo and of Andrea del Verrocchio. (more…)