Giovanni had much fondness for art and being both accomplished and wealthy was able to gratify his artistic tastes to the utmost. ... Among other artists he patronised in particular Botticelli and Filippino Lippi. ... The earliest notice of these two pictures [The Birth of Venus and The Primavera] is that of Anonimo Gaddiano, writing in 1542-48, who quotes some earlier writer who states “At Castello, in the house of Signor Giovanni de’ Medici, he [Botticelli] painted several pictures which are among the most beautiful works that he made.” [and according to Vasari:] “Among which, at the present time, there are at Castello, a seat of the Duke Cosimo of Florence, two allegorical pictures; the one of the Birth of Venus ... and the other, also a Venus, whom the Graces adorn with flowers, signifying the Spring.” (in: G. F. Young: The Medici, Vol. 2, id., pp. 178-179; and Vol. 1, id., p. 526).
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