Friday, May 30, 2014

"The Birth of Venus" (1879), Bouguereau

The newest addition to my paintings collection (must do a list one of this days) is one of the most beautiful Bourguereau painting, "The Birth of Veuns", a huge canvas (3m high) that completely inebriates you when you see it live (I spent a good half hour staring at it in Orsay, Paris). The perfection of the design of Venus body is awesome and, to be honest I prefer this one to the Botticelli one - Venus is the Godess of Love so it doesn't make sense picturing her self-consciously covering her body with her hair and hands... if there's a woman not ashamed of being naked it's Venus (and there's nothing to be ashamed, the human body is a wonderful thing and nudity is perfectly normal and should be accepted). Thank you very much Carmen for this beautiful card and the wonderful stamps you used (loved the one with the cat). This postcard took 19 days to arrive!
  
"The Birth of Venus" (1879) - CHINA
  
The Birth of Venus (French: La Naissance de Vénus) is one of the most famous paintings by 19th-century painter William-Adolphe Bouguereau. It depicts not the actual birth of Venus from the sea, but her transportation in a shell, as a fully mature woman, from the sea to Paphos in Cyprus. The subject matter, as well as the composition, resembles a previous rendition of this subject, Sandro Botticelli's The Birth of Venus, as well as Raphael's The Triumph of Galatea.

  
 

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