10 June 1993
Show More The Portrayal of Love: Botticelli’s ‘Primavera’ and Humanist Culture at the Time of Lorenzo the Magnificent by Charles Dempsey.
Princeton, 173 pp., £35, December 1992, 0 691 03207 6Show More
“... Venus, whom they variously described as sweet, reflective, austere, melancholy, pensive, gay, tired, pregnant and consumptive. Every detail of the painting has attracted contradictory appraisals. CharlesDempsey’s erudite study of The Portrayal of Love begins from the history of interpretation. His full and exacting review of the literature is one of the most useful features of his useful book. But ...”