bvSandro Botticelli. Birth of Venus, c. 1485-1486.
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Research

"The Birth of Venus" The Berger Foundation. Web. <http://www.bergerfoundation.ch/Home/Ahigh_botticelli.html>
This source was a good one to use because it gave a ton of information on all of the detail and the artist. It was more information than on any of the other sources.
- It was very informative
- opinions were tossed around
- a mini biography of Botticelli was given
- gives information on the tiny details of the painting



"Botticelli, sandro." The Artchive. Web. 19 Jan. 2010. <http://www.artchive.com/artchive/B/botticelli/venus.jpg.html>.
We received a copy of the actual painting.
- painted for the villa of Lorenzo di Pierfrancesco de' Medici at Castello
- Tempera on canvas
- 172.5 x 278.5 cm
- now in the Galleria degli Uffizi in Florence


"Birth of Venus." Loggia. Web. 19 Jan. 2010. <http://www.loggia.com/art/renaissance/botticelli02.html>.
Gave a good background story about the history of the myth that the painting was based on. The history of the story was very easy to understand and it thoroughly explained the painting.
  • Botticelli painted this picture based on the myth of the creation of Venus;
  • Venus= the Roman goddess of love, beauty, and fertility.
  • she was born out of the sea, and stepped onto a shell
  • The shell was a platform to introduce the whole world to her beauty.


Summary

Boticelli painted 'The Birth of Venus' based on the myth of the creation of Venus; the Roman goddess of love, beauty, and fertility. The painting is based on the belief that she was born out of the sea, and stepped onto a giant shell that served as a platform to introduce the whole world to her beauty. In the painting, she is about to step down on to the shore as she covers her body with her hands and her long hair. Along with her in the painting to the left is the wind god, Zephyrus, who was helping to blow the shell to shore. Beside Zephyrus is his female companion, and on the right side is a woman who is one of the Hours from Greek Mythology.

"The Birth of Venus" is a beautiful and well-known painting. It is showing how beautiful the human body can be. Also, you have to look at what's underneath it all and all of the little details. The trees in the corner, the flowery accents, and especially the man blowing the wind out of his mouth. I can tell he put a lot of thought in =to his work. Not that other artists don't, but the detail and the colors are impeccable. The color seems to stay true to thehuman body as well as his strokes and definition.

In this painting it was very evident that it was painted during the Renaissance times because of its detail and focus on the beauty of the human body. Boticelli took time to capture each line, curve, and color in the painting to demonstrate the beauty of this goddess. It is also known that modesty was not as heavily emphasized during these times and the fact that Boticelli painted Venus nude shows that nudity was not an issue.