The Birth of Venus by Sandro Botticelli

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The Birth of Venus by Sandro Botticelli The Birth of Venus by Sandro Botticelli

Artist: Sandro Botticelli (1445 – 1510)

Nationality: Italian

Completion Date: 1485

Style: Early Renaissance

Genre: Mythological Painting

Media: Tempera on Canvas

Location: Galleria degli Uffizi, Florence, Italy

The Birth of Venus, one of the most recognized paintings by Botticelli, depicts Venus, the goddess of love, born out of a seashell, a fully mature woman. It is worthy to note that in classical times, the seashell was the symbol for the female genitalia, and as such, Botticelli was artfully referencing the goddess’s actual birth. Although a mythical figure, there is no exact literary context depicting the scene painted by Botticelli, leading to much speculation. As to its commission, the painting was solicited by a member of the Medici family, which is thought wanted to have a reproduction of an earlier work by a different artist, which had been lost after the rule of Nero.

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I am a freelance writer and poet and started writing after raising my two boys as a way of discovering just who Jez is. That is still very much an on-going project but the journey so far has introduced me to many wonderful friends and fellow writers through an ever growing love of poetry.
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