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The Birth of Venus

The Birth of Venus (1486)

One of the greatest paintings of all times, The Birth of Venus is the painting by Sandro Botticelli painted in the year 1486 and this piece of art is now displayed in the Uffizi Gallery in the city of Florence.

This painting depicts the goddess of Love, Venus emerging from the sea as a fully grown beautiful woman. She emerges from the sea on a shell and is blown to the shore by the Zephyrs. While she gets gently carried to the shore by this breeze, the goddess of Seasons, Ores comes to cover her with a flowered cloak. This scene of classic Greek mythology is depicted here albeit in the powerful at the same time subtle style of Botticelli.

The Painting

The Birth of Venus

In more than one sense this painting is also a poetry as it narrates an event from mythology in a poetic and captivating manner. There is a life that runs through the characters of this painting which is clearly seen in the eyes of the Pagan Gods.

This painting is particularly known for the symbolism hidden in each of its aspects. The roses depict spiritual passion and love whilst her pose has a modesty imbibed in it despite the her nude figure. This painting thus does not portray earthly love or desire but a heightened sense of spiritual passion.

The style of this painting is extremely impressive as well. This painting has the typical Botticelli elements in it as well; the voluptuous gorgeous woman with golden highlights in her blonde hair, a long torso which is quite improbable for a woman  and the poses of the other gods and goddesses clearly indicate that this image is a child of imagination and fantasy. These are some of the aspects which also show us how Botticelli was never fully inclined towards naturalism and an insight into the usage of depth and space for enhanced perspective in his paintings.

This painting also draws it inspirations from various classic myths such as the Praxiteles’ sculpture of Aphrodite. This painting gained greater recognition when it was seen on many stamps worldwide, a genuine tribute to the great artist.

It was during the Renaissance period that various Italian artists through their art brought back the rich legacies and culture of Rome to life. This painting is one such bold attempt by Botticelli  to bring to life the roman classical myth to educate the masses of his country. However, he succeeded not by just driving the superior wisdom of the Romans to his countrymen, but to the whole world.

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