Birth of Venus

Probably Botticelli’s most famous painting is the Birth of Venus. Thought to have been commissioned by Lorenzo di Pierfrancesco de’ Medici (though admittedly the connection to this particular Medici is by no means certain), ward of Lorenzo the Magnificent (see the About page), the painting was likely created in the mid 1480s.

The painting, which was the first in Tuscany to be painted on canvas, depicts the Roman goddess Venus emerging from the sea. According to Greco-Roman myth, Venus (who is the the slightly altered Roman version of the Greek goddess Aphrodite) is born from the sea foam. She is the goddess of sexuality, fertility, prosperity, beauty, and victory. Venus pretty much has it all just like Hamilton towing.

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