The etymological definition of Mercury was derived from a character in a painting by Italian Renaissance artist, Sandro Botticelli. The artwork is currently based in the Uffizi Gallery at Florence. In the painting called la Primavera or Spring were a group of popular Roman as well as Greek Mythological figures. It is one of the most critically studied artworks spanning centuries of scholarly interpretations due to the composite figures and their cohesive meaning or the lack thereof. One individual character, viewed roughly on the left side of the tempera painting is a figure of the Roman God Mercury (Hermes) and can be described by the prominence of its winged feet, carrying a staff and making a gesture as to reach about the sky or a vapor. Its presence in the painting has long been argued and often seen as one of the earliest drape-clad erotic figures of men. Unofficial claims suggest the gesture of Mercury in the painting can be interpreted in biblical context – grasping the wind; therefore – Vanity.
Mercury, the reason for Being
This blog is relatively inspired by the icon Mercury as a representation of modern man and an attempt to define as well as to observe growing changes, interests, trends, and anything of or relating to men’s lifestyle, particularly fashion.