While MOA originally assisted with its acquisition and installation, this artwork is not formally owned by the museum. However, the museum believes in passing on the knowledge and history it has about this artwork in Greenwood Plaza for the education and enlightenment of all.
Artist: Emilio Martelli
Dates: b.1913, Florence, Italy
Materials: Scagliola on Panel
Dimensions: 7′ x 12′
About La Primavera
This reproduction is based on Botticelli’s painting, Primavera or Spring (1482), and is one of the earliest classical allegories of the Renaissance. Following in the neoplatonic tradition, Botticelli’s symbolic narrative reveals his humanistic intentions. In an orange grove, Cupid, Zephyr, Chloris and Flora, the three graces, Venus, and Mercury act in visual poetry.
This artwork is now on view in the Madden Museum (University of Denver) Vault Room.