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The Birth of Venus shows Venus riding upon a giant cockle shell, intently this focuses our attention directly towards her.

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The Birth of Venus Sandro Botticelli ca. 1482 Tempera on canvas Galleria degli Uffizi, Florence. Sandro Botticelli (1444-1510) was a Florentine painter. Almost all of Botticelli's life was spent in Florence. His genre of painting was based around mythological ideals and also religious subject matter. Botticelli painted in a highly personal style characterized by elegant execution, a sense of melancholy, and a strong emphasis on line; details appear as sumptuous still life's. ...read more.

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Other figures in the painting include Zephyrus (the west wind) and the nymph Pomona. The painting is a mythological narrative which illustrates the birth of Venus, goddess of love.2 The narrative has given us the explanation that "Zephyrus (the west wind) blows Venus, born of the sea foam and carried on a cockle shell, to her sacred island, Cyprus. There, the nymph Pomana runs to meet her with a brocaded mantle."3 Botticelli has achieved a sense of movement in the painting; Zephyrus' gusts catch the brocaded mantle in undulation, carrying also the perfumed rose petals that swiftly fall upon the whitecaps. ...read more.

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This painting can also be considered a relevant work of art, and the rebirth of the ancient ideal of beauty in the early Renaissance. The Birth of Venus is a work measuring approximately 5' 8" x 9' 1". This was a tempera painting on canvas. [310 words] 1 Christin J. Mamiya, & Fred S. Kleiner. (2005). Gardners Art Through The Ages, Twelfth Edition. USA: Wadsworth / Thompson learning. 2 Alison Cole. (1994). The Renaissance. London: Dorling Kindersley Limited. 3 Christin J. Mamiya, & Fred S. Kleiner. (2005). Gardners Art Through The Ages, Twelfth Edition. USA: Wadsworth / Thompson learning. ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

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