This painting is a celebration of spring and fertility! For me it is also Botticelli’s homage to collective joy and the power of group dance. As always, Botticelli’s celebration of the secular is just restrained enough to keep him from investigation by the church.
My most profuse thank you for sending me this reproduction of the center panel of Hieronymus Bosch’s painting The Garden of Earthly Delights. As you have noted, it is an extraordinary work. I don’t believe I have ever seen anything quite like it. Are you certain that this painting dates to 1500? This seems like a late date to me.