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The Birth Of Venus


Sandro Botticelli (1445-1510)
The Birth of Venus
Alessandro di Mariano di Baths Filipepi or Sandro Botticelli is a representative of the Florentine school. He painted during the Early Renaissance and his paintings are with mythological or Christian themes. The original work "The Birth of Venus" was most likely painted in the villa of the Medici. This is one of the first pictures of such dimensions of mythological themes from antiquity. The artist submitted a legend about the birth of Venus from the foam of the sea. One of the features in this case is that the goddess who is the epitome of carnal love of the earth, in this case is associated more with celestial love. Spring welcoming her, Venus comes out of the waves on a mussel, like she is a pearl - an expression of purity and innocence, and roses painted around it are a symbol of pure love and the Virgin Mary.
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The Birth of Venus

Alessandro di Mariano di Baths Filipepi or Sandro Botticelli was one of the most acclaimed Italian painters of the Renaissance. He often executed painting works for the leading families in Italy. The Birth of Venus is one his world famous and appreciated works of art that he did between 1482 and 1485 for Lorenzo de’ Medici.

The Birth of Venus captures a classical myth depicting the birth of the goddess Venus. Venus is portrayed naked on a shell on the seashore. Femininity of Venus is depicted with a long, curvy torso and an elongated neck. The wind-gods are seen blowing winds from the left sweeping Venus’s long golden hair beautifully around her and pushing the shell closer to the shore. On the right awaits the handmaid dressed gorgeously with a cape in her hand to dress the goddess as she comes closer. There is sprinkle of roses which is an absolute pleasure for eyes.

Sandro Botticelli’s The Birth of Venus is one of the first-ever large canvas attempts in Renaissance. The techniques he used to create this wonderful piece of art is unusual of its time. He is known to have prepared his own tempera pigments which made the colors look bright and soothing. His style is known to be less natural. He rarely gave volume and weight to the figures in his paintings. There are no shadows in the painting again indicating it as a fantasy.

The painting is tempera on canvas measuring 172.5 x 278.5 cm and was a popular one from the period of Renaissance. Once he matured, his work was more based on unnaturalistic use of colors. He created work of art mainly for churches and villas and his work is still there for which they were made initially.

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