Sunday, June 13, 2010

Venus and Mars Were Tripping Says Art Historian

Among the priceless pieces in London's National Gallery is a painting by 15th- century master Sandro Botticelli. The canvas, called Venus and Mars, depicts the titular deities lounging in a meadow. Venus looks forward while Mars lies beside her, apparently asleep.... Or is he? Recently, art historian David Bellingham came to a different conclusion. He noticed that Botticelli painted a fruit in the bottom right-hand corner of his canvas that looks a lot like datura stramonium (a relative of our local Angel's Trumpet), that's also known as "poor man's acid." More>>