spring haiku – la primavera = spring = le printemps


spring haiku – la primavera = spring = le printemps

la primavera
graces her Three Graces –
Botticelli’s dream

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la primavera
chérit ses trois Grâces  –
Botticelli rêve

Richard Vallance

La Primavera (late 1470s – early 1480s) is one of the masterpieces of the great painter, Sandro Botticelli (1445-1510).

La Primavera ( peinture datée entre la fin des années 1470 et le début des années 1480 ) est un chef d’oeuvre du grand peintre, Sandro Botticelli ( 1445-1510 ).


The full range of marvelous, rich colours the Minoans at Knossos used on their stunning frescoes!


The full range of marvelous, rich colours the Minoans at Knossos used on their stunning frescoes!

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We notice right away that the colours they had at their disposal ran from various shades of yellows (saffron) and oranges to blues and various shades of purple. The Minoans at Knossos, Pylos, Thera (Thira, Santorini) and elsewhere were unable to reproduce green pigment.  This minor drawback had little or no perceptible effect on the splendid results they almost invariably came up with in their breathtaking frescoes, the likes of which were not reproduced anywhere else in the Occidental ancient world, except perhaps by the Romans, especially at Pompeii. The Romans were able to reproduce greens. 

Two lovely frescoes from Pompeii:

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