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The Birth of Venus

The Birth of Venus – Sandro Botticelli

No need for an introduction, you’d know it as one of the most famous, celebrated and digitalized masterpieces of all time. Probably made in the mid 1480s by Sandro Botticelli, Nascita di VenereThe Birth of Venus — depicts the goddess Venus arriving at the shore after her birth, when she had emerged from the sea fully-grown — called Venus Anadyomene and often depicted in art. In the centre the newly-born goddess Venus stands nude in a giant scallop shell. Its size is purely imaginary, and is also found in classical depictions of the subject. At the left the wind god Zephyr blows at her, with the wind shown by lines radiating from his mouth. He is in the air, and carries a young female, who is also blowing, but less forcefully. Both have wings. Vasari was probably correct in identifying her as “Aura”, personification of a lighter breeze. Their joint efforts are blowing Venus towards the shore, and blowing the hair and clothes of the other figures to the right.

At the right, a female figure who may be floating slightly above the ground holds out a rich cloak or dress to cover Venus when she reaches the shore, as she is about to do. She is one of the three Horae or Hours, Greek minor goddesses of the seasons and of other divisions of time, and attendants of Venus. The floral decoration of her dress suggests she is the Hora of Spring. The painting is in the Uffizi Gallery in Florence, Italy.

The Birth of Venus (Uffizi Gallery, Florence, Italy) – Google Arts and Culture

Although there are ancient and modern texts that are relevant, no single text provides the precise imagery of the painting, which has led scholars to propose many sources and interpretations. Many art historians who specialize in the Italian Renaissance have found Neoplatonic interpretations, of which two different versions have been articulated by Edgar Wind and Ernst Gombrich, to be the key to understanding the painting. Botticelli represented the Neoplatonic idea of divine love in the form of a nude Venus.

Whatever its meaning — we always like to think that Art is in the eye of the beholder — The Birth over the years became a board for many artists and creative people to apply their own way to see things, and maybe even a good chance to get off the side streets.

Venus Chillout – Rodrigo Pinheiro
Venus on the Beach – Roz Chast for The New Yorker (August 2014)
The Birth of Lady Gaga – from Lady Gaga’s Applause music video
The Birth of Venus (Gaga Version) – Daniel Fernández
VenusBernard Pras
The Birth of Venus – LOARTZ
Venus after Botticelli – Yin Xin
Barbie Venus – Daniel Erkstam
Venus DollEge Islekel
Birth of Satyavati – Neha Kapil
The Birth of Suburbia – Rosaleen Ryan
Venus on the Subway – Shusaku Takaoka
An XL?Alla Mingalёva
Hospital Venus – Emilia Dziubak
The Birth of Black Widow – Julian Totino Tedesco
Cat Venus – Susan Herbert
Birth Of Venus Fanart – Tati Moons
Bunny Venus – Shae Syu
The Birth of Venus – from Hidden Spaces series by José Manuel Ballester
The Birth of Trump – Francesco Vullo
Gucci ResortMehmet Geren
The Birth of SantaEd Wheeler
Art and the CityErtan Atay
Birth of Venus (Intersectional Inktober Version) – Tyler Feder

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