Tuesday, June 8, 2010


Botticelli's "Venus and Mars", the wispy scene of Mars and Venus lounging about post-adulterous liaison, has long been seen as a celebration of sex. Especially behind the back of Venus' husband Vulcan, who was an asshole who deserved it. But new analysis may provide a different perspective on the classic painting. In one corner of the canvas, a satyr is shown holding some kind of fruit. A Sotheby's employee consulted with some horticulturalists to find out what kind of fruit this is. Turns out it's Datura stramonium, a.k.a. Devil's trumpet, a mind-altering plant which causes lethargy and a feeling of heat that makes people want to take off their clothes. Where can you get your hands on this plant? I'm not sure. I've called my guy. But in the meantime, we're left to wonder whether Venus and Mars are depicted in post-coital bliss or simply hopped up on the trumpet. Whatever the outcome, we know this much to be true: Vulcan was an asshole. Seriously, fuck that guy. More details here.