Friday, March 14, 2014
"Birth of Venus" (1486) - ITALY
Almost celebrating its 530th anniversary, this iconic Renaissance painting by Botticelli is often referred as the most perfect painted representation of the female body. To be honest I prefer the Alexandre Cabanel version, but this is definitely one of those paintings I want to see live one day (when I finally had the chance to visit Firenze). Thank you very much Ale, hope that one day you can send me Michelangelo's David. This postcard took 3 days to arrive!
The Birth of Venus (Nascita di Venere) is a 1486 painting by Sandro Botticelli. Botticelli was commissioned to paint the work by the Medici family of Florence, specifically Lorenzo di Pierfrancesco de' Medici under the influence of his cousin Lorenzo de' Medici, close friend to Botticelli. It depicts the goddess Venus, having emerged from the sea as a fully grown woman, arriving at the sea-shore (which is related to the Venus Anadyomene motif). The painting is on display at the Uffizi Gallery in Florence, Italy.