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The Birth of Venus by Sandro Botticelli

    The Birth of Venus by Sandro Botticelli

    The Birth of Venus by Sandro Botticelli was created in ca. 1485. The painting is in Galleria degli Uffizi, Florence. The size of the work is 172,5 x 278,5 cm and is made as an tempera on wood.

    Known as the “Birth of Venus”, the composition actually shows the goddess of love and beauty arriving on land, on the island of Cyprus, born of the sea spray and blown there by the winds, Zephyr and, perhaps, Aura. The goddess is standing on a giant scallop shell, as pure and as perfect as a pearl. She is met by a young woman, who is sometimes identified as one of the Graces or as the Hora of spring, and who holds out a cloak covered in flowers. (Read more in Galleria degli Uffizi)

    About the Artist: Italian painter of the Early Renaissance Sandro Botticelli was born the city of Florence. From around 1461 or 1462 Botticelli was apprenticed to Fra Filippo Lippi. In 1472 Botticelli took on his first apprentice, the young Filippino Lippi, son of his master. Botticelli and Filippino’s works from these years, including many Madonna and Child paintings, are often difficult to distinguish from one another… Read more

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