Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Rising Out of the Foam

Birth of Venus, c. 1485-86 by Sandro Botticelli, Uffizi Gallery, Florence.

One of the most famous of the Italian Renaissance paintings it is one of the most frequent images, out of thousands, when a likeness of the Greek goddess Venus (Aphrodite) is referenced.


Adam Harvey said...

Terry Gilliam recreated this in The Adventures of Baron Munchausen. I can't find a screenshot, but Uma Thurman was Aphrodite.

donna jo said...

This picture brings back memories of my college art appreciation class. Every week the instructor showed slides and talked about a different area of art--and every week he managed to show the slide of this picture and relate it to everything from painting to ceramics to architecture to...you name it.

Alexandre Paige said...

Every time I see this work I think of my Mum. When she was young she looked just like this Venus. Adam Harvey - my Mum doesn't look anything like Um Thurman though!:) Thanks Martha..

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