On the first stop, your guide will take you to ponder the iconography that characterized the late Middle Ages, with its golden altarpieces, and placement of the human in stark contrast to the divine. Though beautiful, the art that pre-dated the Renaissance was functional, treating religious subjects without allegory, form or color. That was about to change, and in works like Giotto’s Madonna Enthroned, the first preludes of what was to come began to appear.
Follow your guide on a time-lapse journey that fast-forwards to the late 1400s when this new kind of creation exploded through the magnificence of Botticelli. No other masterwork can embody this more than his Birth of Venus, which seeing in the flesh, is as captivating as any goddess of love should be. Every imagined current on this panel is loaded with symbolism, and the meaning is clear… the human is divine. Continue these musings with Botticelli’s Spring, and a flurry of Madonnas that are nothing less than exquisite.