The Birth of Venus

Made in 1486 by Sandro Botticelli, the Birth of Venus is one of the most treasured art works of the renaissance. It is said that Lorenzo the Great did something that was not very common during the 1480s. He gathered a group of philosophers, artists, and humanists to form a literary society who formed ideas and explained works that were then translated by the goldsmiths, artists, painters, and musicians.

The Birth of Venus, by Sandro Botticelli.

The painting shows the creation of Venus. To the left of the painting, you see Zephyr and Aura, the Gods of wind, pushing Venus with wind. They raise a shell that bears nude Venus. She suddenly becomes modest, which Botticelli borrowed from the example of the Venus Puticae, which was only being discovered then. Then to the right their is on of the Graces. She is covering Venus’ nudity with a cape. The Graces have the privilege to cover Venus with the cape and transform her into the mother and patron saint of all forces of creation.

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