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Botticelli’s ‘Venus and Mars’ Stoned From An Indian Hallucinogenic Plant?

In Arts, India on June 12, 2010 at 11:41 am

Don’t know about Venus, but Mars definitely looks stoned in this painting. The little satyr next to Venus with the helmet on his head looks like he too had some of what Mars was having.

The theory is Greeks and Romans took the hallucinogenic datura stramonium to the Mediterranean from India, and Botticelli ‘knew about it’ and may have painted it into this Renaissance classic (get the full scoop at NPR).

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