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Botticelli’s Venus: The Making of an icon.

It is the most famous and recognized reproduction of the myth about the birth of Venus, Roman
goddess of love and beauty. Venus is an Italian Renaissance ideal: blonde, pale-skinned,
voluptuous. Poetical has picked out highlights in her hair with gold leaf and has emphasized the
femininity of her body (long neck, curliness). The brilliant light and soothing colors, the
luxurious garden, the gorgeous draperies of the nymph, and the roses floating around the
beautiful nude all suggest that the painting is meant to bring pleasure to the viewer. The naked
goddess swims to the coast in the opened pearl shell.

Venus is escorted by Zephyr, god of western wind, and Flora, his wife. By this Poetical shows
the beauty that Venus brings in our world: freshness from the offshore breeze and dour from the
flowers. On the shore she is welcomed by one of the Graces. Therefore, Venue’s advent to this
world is accompanied by celestial beauty and charm. The background also deserves a special
attention. The color of Venue’s body is purely divine; the chord is used excellently to show the
darkness of the horizon ND to express the feeling of anxiety, fading away, and even mystery.

Contrariwise, the front side is saturated with bright colors meaning the commencement of
something unknown and heavenly. To sum up, rather than choosing one of the many
interpretations offered for Botulism’s depiction of The Birth of Venus it might be better to view
it from a variety of perspectives (mythological, political, religious). Nevertheless, you should
definitely get acquainted with this eternal masterpiece for it will always symbolize beauty,
magnificence, grace, and divinity

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