Detail, The birth of Venus, c 1484, Tempera on wood.  Ufizzi Gallery Florence

Detail, Primavera, c 1482, Grease tempera on wood.  Ufizzi Gallery Florence

Lorenzo Received by the Liberal Arts Procession,
1483, Musée du Louvre, Paris

This is the other of a pair of frescoes found in the Villa Lemmi in 1863 when the villa was undergoing construction work. Unfortunately the antique dealer who first recognised them as Botticellis, Birnari, was so eager to remove them from the walls that they were damaged in the process and more than half is missing

The Villa was thought to have been owned by the Tornabuoni family, who had links with the Medicis. Lorenzo Tornabuoni, was about to marry Giovanna Albizzi, and Botticelli was asked to paint the walls by way of decoration for the celebration. It appears that as soon as the wedding was over, the walls were whitewashed over.

Sandro Botticelli was one of the first during the Renaissance who dared to show people in full-face, three-quarter-face and even from behind and gives us the impression of this strange learned assembly toward which this austere young man was seemingly being pushed. An admirable fresco, if only because of the splendid severity of the young man's profile and because of the details of the Liberal Arts, in which one finds the same feeling of evanescence, of line movement, which allow even images as severe as those of the Liberal Arts to take on an absolutely extraordinary divine aura - World Art Treasures