Previati: Dance of the Hours

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Gaetano Previati Dance of the Hours, 1899, Milan, Fondazione-Cariplo The immediate inspiration for the painting was a short ballet The Dance of the Hours which appeared at the end of the third act of the opera La Gioconda, composed by Amilcare Ponchielli. It was first performed in Milan in 1876. But the iconography hails from […]

Botticelli: Primavera

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Sandro Botticelli Primavera, Late 1470s or Early 1480s, Florence, Uffizi Gallery To enter a room in the Ufizzi and come face to face with this stunning painting is a momentous experience. Seeing reproductions in print and online doesn’t prepare you for its scale – over 2 metres in height and well over 3 metres in […]