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The Birth of Venus The Birth of Venus is a beautiful Renaissance canvas masterpiece created by Sandro Botticello The picture illustrates the birth of Venus in a very mystical way Venus has emerged from sea on a shell which is being driven to shore by flying wind-gods She is surrounded by beautiful roses which are painted in a truly remarkable color As she is about to step to land one of the Hours hands her a purple cloak The back drop includes the sea and a forest The overall effect of this painting are almost overwhelming color and beauty meet the eye in every angle Venus in Botticellis painting is a Renaissance beauty During the Renaissance women were believed to look more attractive if they had some weight to them It was believed that this weight make them more prepared for child birth and basically healthier Venus has weight in the painting Without this weight I do not feel that she would have such a strong impact on her viewers Another strong point of Venuss presence is her wonderful long and flowing red-orange hair It flows around her body keeping her pose modest yet revealing In all of this beauty it can be easy to overlook the unnatural length of Venuss neck and the steep fall of her shoulders Venuss outline is wonderfully graceful and it is the grace that makes the print so wholesome and beautiful If Botticelli would have chosen a slimmer or less natural Venus the harmony of the picture would have been destroyed The picture has many wholesome elements to it Venus is only one example The next wholesome element to the portrait is seen in the upper left corner of the picture It is in this corner that Zephar and Chloris fly Zephyr and Chloris are the wind-gods and they are actively blowing Venus to shore The two gods fly entwined each looking on lovingly Botticelli illustrates both
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