Tuesday, 3 April 2012


Fantasy Bob and Mrs FB are on a spring tour to Madrid.  Before leaving he left a few balls in the bowling machine with a spring theme. 

Botticelli's Primavera is the world's favourite painting of spring. It was painted around 1482 and hangs in the Uffizzi Gallery in Florence.

Art critics read the picture in the following way from right to left: Zephyrus, kidnaps and possesses the nymph Chloris, whom he later marries and transforms into a deity; she becomes the goddess of Spring, eternal bearer of life, and is scattering roses on the ground.

FB thinks there is another more prosaic interpretation. Botticelli has skilfully caught a typical crown scene at Grange Loan which follows FB's world famous in-winger securing another bowling point for Carlton's All Star 4th XI in a vital league tussle. Cricketers who are sceptical of this interpretation should get themselves to Florence and the Uffizzi Gallery to inspect the work close up - or, a more aesthetic choice, get themselves to Grange Loan when FB is bowling up the hill against the wind.  They will not be disappointed.

1 comment:

  1. Zephyrus is not much in evidence today. Boreas has - temporarily we hope - reasserted his authority. Even Fantasy Bob would struggle in these conditions.