“The Birth of Venus”

Sandro Botticelli, The Birth of Venus, tempera on canvas, c. 1482 (Galleria degli Uffizi, Florence)

Sandro Botticelli was born in Florence, Italy. He was an Italian painter during the Italian Renaissance.  This painting is called “The Birth of Venus”.

Sandro Botticelli did many painting. He stayed busy doing different paintings for the Medici family. He did portraits, mythological themes, and religious works for the Medici family. This painting was made for the Medici family.

“The Birth of Venus” had shown mythological feminine beauty. Venus who is the lady standing in the shell was from Greek mythology. It is said that she was blown to shore or was held up by Zephyrs. Her being naked was to be a symbol of spiritual love. The lady on the right who was trying to hand her clothing is supposed to be the goddess of seasons.

I think this is a beautiful painting. It is calm but is showing so much. A beautiful grown God coming from the sea with flowers dropping behind her and the sea going on for eternity. She is standing with her beauty standing before the sea, the land, and the people. Her body is radiant with her hardly covering her body and with her hair flowing in the wind.

It is interesting looking at the paintings and how everything they painted is so natural. It is all natural beauty in these paintings. It was fun to learn and view all the different paintings from the renaissance times.

http://www.theartgallery.com.au/ArtEducation/greatartists/Botticelli/about/

http://smarthistory.org/Botticelli.html

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Birth_of_Venus_%28Botticelli%29

http://renaissance-art.suite101.com/article.cfm/meaning_in_the_birth_of_venus

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4 Responses to ““The Birth of Venus””

  1. daleowen Says:

    This is a decent summary of the painting. One thing you might want to work on is the repetitiveness of your blog. In the second paragraph you said “Medici” three times in three sentences, it gets old. Secondly its nice how you put in what you think about the painting but elaborate a little but. “It is calm but is showing so much”, what exactly makes it calm, and what about the painting shows so much about it. You said there’s a beautiful God (supposed to be Goddess) and the sea but that isn’t much of a critical analysis.
    Overall it’s a decent blog but keep in mind how often you use the same words, and also but a little more thought in your analysis. Keep up the good work-
    Dale

  2. jduvall89 Says:

    Good information! I liked the layout of your analysis.Very different picture as well,everything seems to flow with the wavy hair and semi-neutral colors.

    I liked that you provided the facts and your ideas of the painting.Its interesting that that painting was painted for the Medici family.I think you did fair research and gave a good opinion of what you thought.I think it would have been cool to provide more about the painter, and more about what the painting means.

    Good job for putting the links at the bottom too!

  3. Erin Dodds Says:

    This was a good summary of the painting, but I would’ve liked to read more about the painting’s connection with the Medici family. Also, I would’ve like more analysis of the painting’s meaning and why it was painted for the Medici family. Even more of your opinion on the work itself would’ve been helpful. For example; the Venus has an extraordinarily white body, lighter than the shell or Mother of Season’s dress, making her seem god-like, as she is supposed to be. And her body length, the proportions are all wrong! Her head is too small! In this way the painting is accentuating her body, making it connect with the humanist approach of the time while still using Roman themes, making it also connect to the Reinvention of Rome.
    You could even write about the painting style. We learned how things looked “stacked” in early Renaissance art, and this is a prime example. The islands underneath Mother of Season’s robe show this,even the tree’s next to her are just three lines. And the Venus isn’t standing on that shell! She’s “on” the shell.

    I’m confused as to who the two “angels” are to her left. Is that supposed to be Zephyrus? And those flowers, what do they represent? Every flower had a specific meaning, and I would like to know if they had any in this painting. Also, how much influence has Christianity had over the portrayal of this goddess, (Reinvention of Rome)? What clues does the painting give that shows a Christian influence?

    My favorite part of the painting is the unrealistic way it was composed. I also love the colors. Artists hadn’t learned how to use line properly yet, and I love this painting for it. Truthfully, this is one of my favorites!!

  4. kwertanen Says:

    A brief, but well-put analysis of The Birth of Venus– this is a gorgeous fresco and very representative of a classical idea of beauty… one that could stand to be revitalized in our current time!

    One note, though: this is a classical painting, portraying a goddess from a polytheistic culture before the advent of Christianity. Venus is a goddess, not a “God” as in the “God” man himself in the sky. That’s just me being nitpicky, though…

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