Birth of Venus

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  • Birth of Venus
  • View: Detail of the heads of Zephyr and Chloris

Dublin Core

Title

Birth of Venus
View: Detail of the heads of Zephyr and Chloris

Subject

allegory; deities; mythology (Classical); plants; botanical; Venus pudica; seashell; nude; Zephyr; Chloris

Description

The subject is the same as in the Primavera, namely the springtime advent of Venus, with Zephyr carrying Chloris on the left, the roses generated by his warming breath falling to the earth, and Flora on the right, clad in her white dress painted with budding flowers and preparing to mantle the goddess with a fully flowered cloak. Here, however, Venus does not appear as the humble garden goddess she was for the primitive peoples but resplendently nude and in her Classical form, in fact so shown for the first time since antiquity.

Creator

Sandro Botticelli (Italian painter, ca. 1444-1510)

Source

Description: Grove Art Online; http://www.oxfordartonline.com/

Date

ca. 1484 (creation)

Rights

publicDomain

Format

tempera paint on canvas
1.72 m (height) x 2.78 m (width)

Type

painting (visual work)

Identifier

bott071x.jpg

Coverage

Galleria degli Uffizi (Florence, Tuscany, Italy) inventario 1890, n. 878; Piazzale degli Uffizi 6
Renaissance

Files

Citation

Sandro Botticelli (Italian painter, ca. 1444-1510), “Birth of Venus,” Institute Images Online, accessed October 19, 2017, http://westerncivart.com/items/show/2756.

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