The piece of artwork that I enjoyed was, “The Birth of Venus,” by Sandro Botticelli. I enjoy this piece because of the real beauty I see in it. I also like that the subject matter is in the middle of the painting and one of the things you learn in art class, (depending on your teacher,) is to not put the subject there. The colors that Botticelli used are not harsh on the eyes and everything works together.
The piece was painted in 1468 by Botticelli for the Medici family, (Wikipedia). The painting was done tempera, which was a color pigment mixed with usually egg yolk. “The Birth of Venus,” shows the goddess Venus, emerging from the sea, fully grown. Around her there are two individuals blowing the wind and another to wrap her in sheets. The most notable things about the style of the painting are that Botticelli made Venus have a long neck and slightly disproportionate body parts.
There are several interpretations of this painting, because the painting was produced for Lorenzo de’ Medici. Since there is no actual interpretation, we only have the scholars of the past to go off of. Some believed that Venus represented divine love, while others thought her physical beauty allowed others to understand spiritual beauty. When I look at this painting, I think that it represents real beauty and the beauty of the goddess Venus (Wikipedia).
The artist, Botticelli, studied under Lorenzo de’ Medici, which explains why he was chosen to create the painting, “The Birth of Venus.” This was one of Botticelli’s reputation boosting paintings, due to the support of the Medici family, (Wikipedia, Sandro Botticelli).
This painting is a more common painting during the Italian Renaissance that people recognize. What most people may not know is the artist. “The Birth of Venus,” shows a divine beauty and since there is no “real” interpretation from the artist for the painting, it may be strictly for beauty. Either way, the support of the Medici’s making the painting well known, led us to Botticelli’s other works.
“The Birth of Venus”
1. “Sandro Botticelli”
2. “The Birth of Venus”
3. “Sandro Botticelli: Famous Artist of the Medici”