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. I wanted to share with you some facts about the original painting of our great Sandro Botticelli. The Birth of Venus is a painting done by Sandro Botticelli in the mid 1480s. It shows the goddess Venus arriving at the shore after her birth, she had emerged from the sea fully grown. The painting is currently in the Uffizi Gallery in Florence, Italy. Take a look below for 22 more interesting and fun facts about The Birth of Venus painting.
1. The Birth of Venus actually has several gods in it. Venus stands on the seashell being blown to shore by Zephyr, the god of the west wing. Horae, goddesses of the seasons, are also there ready with a cape to clothe new newborn deity.
2. The shell that Venus stands on may represent female genitalia, which creates a birthing scene reflected in Venus’ oceanic origins, while also symbolizing human birth.
3. The fact that Venus was naked in the painting was groundbreaking at the time. During the Middle Ages, almost all art was Christian based, therefore, nudity was rarely if ever portrayed.
4. The Birth of Venus is one of the first works on canvas in Tuscany. During the Early Renaissance, paintings on wood panels were popular, so this was seen as unique.
5. The painting wasn’t meant to be viewed in public. In fact, it was meant to hang over a marital bed.
6. La Primavera is a sort of sequel to The Birth of Venus. La Primavera shows the world in blood around the now-clothed maternal figure, who we assume is Venus.
7. The painting itself is massive, measuring at about 6 by 9 feet. It’s been called the first large-scale canvas created in Renaissance Florence.
8. On February 7, 1497, Dominican friar Girolamo Savonarola spurred the Christians in Florence to burn art and any other baubles like mirrors, jewelry and dice. However, The Birth of Venus managed to survive.
9. Over the centuries, coats of varnish that were meant to preserve the painting began to turn opaque, which hid some of Botticelli’s details and colors from view.
10. A restoration in 1987 gently stripped the varnish layer away, revealing soft and pearly