Sandro Botticelli: Venus and Mars in Renaissance Florence | National Gallery

Caroline Campbell, The Jacob Rothschild Head of the Curatorial Department, discusses Italian Renaissance artist Sandro Botticelli’s painting ‘Venus and Mars’, an intriguing mythological scene depicting Venus, the goddess of Love, and Mars, the god of War. She looks at some possible classical sources for this work of art, and explores the reasons why it might have been painted for Botticelli’s patron in Florence.
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