The Birth of Venus – The Venus Anadyomene is being exhibited in Florence

A painting by the Italian artist Sandro Botticelli, probably made in the mid 1480s. It depicts the goddess Venus arriving at the shore after her birth, when she had emerged from the sea fully-grown.

Uffizi Museum / Image source

One of the most famous paintings in the world, and icon of the Italian Renaissance. Most art historians agree, that the Birth does not require complex analysis to decode its meaning. While there are subtleties in the painting, its main meaning is a straightforward, if individual, treatment of a traditional scene from Greek mythology, and its appeal is sensory and very accessible. The painting is in the Uffizi Gallery in Florence, Italy.

The Birth of Venus – Tempera on canvas 172.5 cm × 278.9 cm

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