It’s the second time that I have the opportunity ti talk about the Seven Liberal Arts and I think that it wont’t be the last! In this case, the author is the Italian painter Sandro Botticelli who is more known by his paintings the Spring and the Birth of Venus.
Botticcelli painted this scene on the walls of Giovanni Tornabuoni’s Villa Lemmi. Tornabuoni was Lorenzo of Medici’s uncle and he is probably the man who is introduced by the Arithmetic to the rest of the Liberal Arts. At the right there is a red-haired woman sitting with a square who can be related to Geometry and the central woman with a scorpion is a direct allusion to the Astronomy.
This painting was discovered in Villa Lemmi in 1873