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Botticelli, Sandro, 1444 or 5-1510.
e Artist : painter
The Birth of Venus (detail).
g Ca. 1482
b 175.5 x 278.5 cm.
c Tempera on wood.
Beginning Date: 1482
The scene represents Venus, born of the sea, being sped by Zephir towards land, where an Hour is ready to cover her with a beautiful cloack. This mythological subject was very important in Renaissance literature and philosopy, so the scene can hint different allegorical means. The canvas certainly reflects the presence of Botticelli among the Florentine humanistic circle and his study on classical sculpture, since this celebrated Venus recalls many ancient statues of the goddess.
Style: Italian Early Renaissance.
School: Early Renaissance.
Galleria degli Uffizi. ID=IFU
t Art and Art History Collection (Saskia)
Close-up: Venus covering groin with her hair