Date of Award
Master of Arts in Art History and Visual Culture
Dr. Sarah Cantor
Dr. James Hutson
This thesis examines how the iconographical program of Botticelli’s Primavera allows the painting to function as a how-to guide of sexuality for an aristocratic young bride in late-fifteenth century Florence. This thesis argues that the inclusion and juxtaposition of specific mythological figures creates a message about the appropriate locations and behaviors expected of a woman when expressing her sexuality. This iconographical program takes into account popular vernacular literature, allegorical meanings of mythology, and Christian understanding of Classical myth in order to produce a message that is meant to be understood by a very specific audience.
Ovadia, Eynav, "Flowering in the Springtime: An Iconographical Analysis of Botticelli’s Primavera" (2019). Theses. 55.