Birth Of Venus Art Analysis

1361 Words6 Pages
“Visual Arts cultivate thinking, innovation and collaboration.” As I write this paper today, I realized how each of us analyse everything in our lives without even meaning to do so. The museum that I decided to visit virtually was the Offizi Gallery in Italy. Located in Florence, this gallery included numerous paintings, sculptures and ceramics. The art piece that I have decided to write an analysis on today is The Birth of Venus by Sandro Botticelli. The Birth of Venus was created by Sandro Botticelli (c. 1486). It is a tempera on canvas and measures 67.9” by 109.6”. Botticelli created this painting for the Medici, although it is not known which Medici in particular. Botticelli’s Venus, the goddess of love is one of the first non-biblical…show more content…
In The Birth of Venus, Botticelli placed Venus slightly to the right of the centre line, and she is also isolated against the background so no other figures overlap her. At a glance, Venus seems so beautiful that we fail to notice the imperfections in the painting, such as the unnatural length of her neck, the steep fall of her shoulders and the unusual way her left arm seems elongated. The painter also painted a dark line around the contours of her body which highlight her figure and her beauty. In doing this, the audience notices Venus first, which is exactly what the artist wants. Moreover, Botticelli also emphasizes the color of Venus’ milky skin through this technique, which makes her body look almost like a marble sculpture. Another shape that caught my eye was that of the half shell that Venus stands on. In classical antiquity, the seashell was a symbol for a woman’s vulva. There also seems to be a build-up of water at the base of the shell which suggests movement and her location in relation to the…show more content…
The Birth of Venus is an important part of Greek mythology and it showcases how according to mythology, Venus was born. Representational artwork aims to represent actual objects or subjects from reality. While no one has seen Venus or any of the other mythical figures in the painting, this painting does put into pictures the beliefs that we as humans hold, and thus, it represents an object in its own way. Botticelli’s The Birth of Venus is quite an amazing painting which brings together all its elements quite beautifully. The painting showcases so many different elements of art which are quintessentially the basics of art while at the same time telling the story of Venus and her birth. As I look at this painting, it is as if someone paused this moment in time and Botticelli painted the entire

More about Birth Of Venus Art Analysis

Open Document