Monday, February 27, 2012

Weekly Challenge~Primavera

I put a lot of thought into choosing this week's theme,

The Allegory of Spring


Botticelli's famous painting Primavera 
will be our inspiration this week.

There are nine figures in this mythical painting,

and I researched books and the internet to find what the possible meaning,

or the allegory Botticcelli was trying to convey.

The title Primavera means 'in the Spring'

Starting from the left of the painting we see Mercury,

the messenger of the gods, holding back the clouds

with his caduceus, a symbol of fertility, wisdom and healing.


Next are The Three Graces,

Charm, Beauty and Creativity.

In the center Cupid, the god of love, flies above his mother,

Venus, the goddess of love,gardens and fertility.

The right side of the painting has three figures,

Zephyrus, god of the west wind, 
with Chloris, goddess of flowers.
When Zephyrus took Chloris as hi bride,
she was transformed into Flora, goddess of spring.

The garden itself is amazing, with 500 identifiable plants
and 190 different flowers. 
There are many meanings or stories to be imagined from this masterpiece.
Is cupid blind-folded to show love is blind?
Is Earthly love the link to the spiritual graces?

I am giving you a lot to think about,
and many directions you can choose to explore in this week's challenge.
In the Spring.
Create an Allegory.
Something with a hidden meaning.
Something from your soul.

PS: The rules for the challenge are on the right sidebar.
Inspiration Avenue is looking for new members  Here.
And if you missed meeting our newest member, meet Diane Here.


Diane ~ said...

wow, talk about a challenge!! i'll have to put my "thinking cap" upon "thinking cap" for this one! LOL :D

Kathy said...

How absolutely perfect! I've been painting goddesses of Spring all weekend. You can see my Prosephina at
All of the samples here today are very lovely. Thank you for always having such inspirational challenges.


Magpie said...

Lisa, you always give us a real challenge! This is one to give some thought to. It's wonderful, and I can't wait to see the results! Thank you!!

Grannie Annie said...

Fabulous challenge thanks...

peggy gatto said...

Wonderful post!!!
I love the sign of spring as more light and more flowers!!!

Hettienne said...

a wonderful challenge to inspire anyone who wants to be inspired!! looking forward to the results

Anne said...

That is a lot to think about.. thank you for such a great inspiration..

craftydvl said...

I have been thinking about these themes lately, in regards to the Animal Kingdom! My submission has details ahoy:

Thank you as always, much love :-D

Janine said...

Ahh spring, the very thought of spring is delicate.
Here is my entry for this great challenge:

Lisa Richards said...

I'm afraid my offering may be rather simple, but I'm not great at painting goddesses, so I went a different route. :) This is my first submission for IA and I look forward to many more!

Hettienne said...

out-of-the-box challenge!! thank you! here is my entry :

Fallingladies said...

here's my this theme!

Lou Anne said...

You can see my edition on my blog.
I enjoyed the challenge and want to commend Lisa for sharing her research on the topic.

Claire said...

today was the perfect day to create something springlike...

thanks for a great challege!!

Ariel said...

Waiting for the new season.
Hereis my entry:

Bella~Rose said...

my entry.

Anne said...

is my entry, or

What a great challenge! Maybe you can see some echos of Botticelli's painting in my drawing, I just wish I had had more time. Looking forward seeing your entries!

Michelle V. Alkerton said...

I'm not sure if this fits the bill, but the image to me is an allegory of strength, the cycle of life and the creativity that inspired the poem. Hopes Carved Up.
Stay inspired!

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

I'm not quite sure this is how I should have interpreted this week's challenge. All I can say is, I tried:

see you there! said...

My entry went on my blog this morning. Thanks Lisa for making me think about this one.


Craftymoose Crafts said...

This was a hard challenge for me! Here is what I came up with:

Lesley Edmonds said...

For the last two weekend I have been painting a picture which fits this perfectly I think.

Your samples are wonderful and full of inspiration.

Here's mine

Kat W said...

Thanks Lisa for inspiring me & encouraging me to think more about the meaning embedded in all art forms. Also managed to include in finishing my WIP from last week's challenge :-)

Kat Xx

Anne said...

My entry to this very thought provoking challenge can be seenhere..

WrightStuff said...

This was an amazing theme Lisa. Thank you - it gave me a creative kick up the butt and I loved every minute of making this one.

Kelly Jeanette Swift said...

Was really interested in this challenge. Here is my entry

kirstin mcculloch said...

Lisa - what a challenge, although to be honest I couldn't go past the Three Graces!

Here they are:

gma said...

great challenge.xx.Here is mine:

IMGIRL said...

Thank you Lisa for this beautiful challenge. The pictures you chose are simply beautiful. I started in that direction, but the eggs got me!

Here is mine!

Shelinwa said...

here is mine. fun challenge Lisa

Magpie said...

Sorry to be so late Lisa :(
I loved this challenge, but it took me forever to complete it!

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