Saturday, July 9, 2016

Birth of Venus

Botticelli’s famous painting of The Birth od Venus was executed in the middle of the 1480s. At the start of the 16th century, the painting hung together with Primavera in the country villa of the Medici in Castello.

Botticelli’s Birth of Venus is based on a poem by Angelo Poliziano (1454-1494) a leading humanist of the day. In this painting, unlike in Primavera, Venus is nude, as in the famous statue by the ancient Greek master Praxiteles.
Birth of Venus 
In Botticelli’s lyrical painting of the poet’s retelling of the Greek myth, Zephyrus, carrying Chloris, blows Venus, born of sea foam and carried on a cockle shell, to her sacred island, Cyprus.

Venus was born a grown woman at the zenith of her beauty, from the foam generated by the member of the god Uranus, which fells into the Aegean se when he was emasculated by Chronos. This tradition story told since ancient times by Greek poets, including Homer and Hesiod.
Birth of Venus 

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