In this article we will discuss the “Birth of Venus,” a well-known painting by the artist Alessandro di Filipepi Botticelli; completed in 1857. The reason why I chose this painting is, because of the fact that I wanted to give you a bit of information on this painting. Some of the examples I chose are; where did it come from, who originally wanted the painting, and why it came to be? I chose these examples because I have always wondered about these things myself, and hopefully I will be able to answer them for you too. However you may now wonder why I am even talking about this piece or what my intent behind this article is, you shouldn’t. The reason I am writing, is because I have always been fascinated by this piece and the calming effect it has on me. I remember whenever I saw it for the first I thought of the figure Pomona as a motherly figure and wanted to be beautiful like Venus, but that couldn’t be. Instead, I began to do research, since I wanted to learn a bit more about the piece myself. My main goal here is to try to and make you understand some of the things that I’ve already learned about the piece.
The Birth of Venus by Sandro Botticelli depicts a moment from Venus birth when she stepping, almost floating, off the seashell that was blown ashore by Zephyors along with Chloris. Horae awaits Venus arrival to shore with a large red cloak to cover her naked body .Venus is the Roman goddess of love, sex, beauty, fertility, and prostitution. Venus is the Roman Aphrodite. Born of seafoam from a singled drop of blood in to the sea from the castration of her farther Uranus by his son Saturn.
This painting was inspired by a poet called Angelo Poliziano. It is believed that it has Neoplatonic values and the nude Venus represents the idea of divine love. During this time period many poets had the "ideal" woman and Venus in this painting fits the description of the ideal woman during this time period. The ideal woman had porcelain skin, bright eyes, and light hair. Botticelli was influenced by the ideal woman and it depicted in this painting. The poet got inspired by an ode by Hesoid which is the effects of Venus 's creation. According to Artable, Botticelli was influenced by the antique Venus Pudica and that is why Venus in the painting has that certain pose. For the painting Primavera, it was thought to be commissioned by the Medici and was one of the largest mythological paintings in the early Renaissance. It has a humanistic nature and reflects contemporary cultural influences of the Renaissance. Some of the mythological creatures in the painting are Venus, cupid, Mercury, and the Three Graces. It is like a sequel to The Birth of Venus because she is no longer a young girl and reigns over her land and is more
Sandro Botticello’s The Birth of Venus is the Florentine painter’s most famous work. Completed in about 1480, the painting now hangs in the Ufizzi in Florence. This tempura on canvas painting is large in size at 5’8” X 9’1” (Janson and Janson 443) and reflects the artistic and philosophical trends of its day. Painted on the dividing line of the middle ages with the Italian Renaissance, the painting’s subject and style are influenced by a developing and transitioning aesthetic.
Knowing Venus of Willendorf is a sculpture, she has very nice defined lines. She has a nice combination of vertical, horizontal and curved lines. The artist has given her a nice horizontal line crossing across her breast that her arms create that draw you in. From the horizontal line to the vertical line that draws your eye down to look at her genitalia. She also has nice curved lines that form all around her. From the top of her head, to her breast, to the middle of her stomach, that bring your eye to her behind and back to the front of her legs. The artist has created a nice curved lines that surrounds her breast, as well as her stomach and rear hind. Another way to view her is from the side, which gives you a nice sense of her curved lines that you eye follows down in a flow.
Conclusively, Botticelli’s painting the Birth of Venus, was one of the most insightful paintings of the Renaissance. It gave amazing painting techniques and depictions of the ideal women. It portrayed parts of Greek mythology beliefs and showed just why Venus was the main focus of the painting due to her beauty and grace. This masterpiece represents the birth of love and that spiritual beauty is a main force of life. After 500 years, colors may fade and paint may chip but the breathtaking message Botticelli was trying to perceive about Greek mythology and beauty will always stay.
“Mars and Venus United by Love” by Paolo Veronese is done in the Renaissance style of painting. This is done in this style, because Poalo Veroneses was a Renaissance painter as well as his teacher Titan.
The first artifact that is pulled out of the Renaissance time capsule is painting called the Birth of Venus, by Sandro Botticelli, painted in 1487. The Birth of Venus was painted using Tempera paint on a canvas that is about 5ft. 9in. by 9.5 ft. This painting shows the birth of the Goddess Venus and three other Gods, and Goodness looking on. Venus is emerging from a pearlescent scallop as an adult (Fiero, 2011). The greater meaning of this painting has been pondered on by many people. During this time, people were rediscovering and studying Ancient Greeks. Their artwork reflected not only Ancient Greeks, but also the artist’s own interpretation of the Greek mythology. This painting also shows how artiest weren’t as focuses on making religious art, but started to base their artwork on other studies such as mythology.
The Venus of Willendorf is one of the earliest sculptures of the body made by humans during the Paleolithic era. She was made from limestone native to her location and covered with red orche. Despite standing only 4.4 inches, the purpose of the Venus of Willendorf is widely debated. Some will say the exaggerated breasts, navel, and vulva connects her to fertility as a representation of a mother goddess. Others, such as those in my class, believe her to be a figure of body image. The stumpy female figure features hanging breasts, an obese middle and belly, and distinct buttocks in all, represents a realistic form of a severely overweight woman. Due to the hash ice-age environment of where she’s from leads one to believe fatness and fertility would have been highly desirable. Whether the sculpture was based on a fantasy or a real life model the infatuations with the idea of self-acceptance through body
The form does take on specific significance when viewed in the context of history and culture. The Venus of Willendorf is the earliest officially dated sculpture know to the modern western world yet she is...