Can Beauty Stand The Test Of Time?

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Can beauty stand the test of time? This is an age old question that can be examined by comparing two works of art in different mediums from the Renaissance period and show how they share a common theme of beauty. The first piece is an exquisite painting by Sandro Botticelli, titled Birth of Venus, which shows a nude Venus entering the mortal world on a shell. The second work is a poem by Publius Ovidius Naso (known as Ovid), called The Art of Beauty, that demonstrates why it is important for Roman women to wear make-up and also directs how to apply the make-up. By comparing exactly what the Roman people thought real beauty was and why they cared so much about their appearance, to the way contemporary society views beauty, the question “Is beauty timeless?”, may finally be answered.
Sandro Botticelli was commissioned to paint “The Birth of Venus” in 1480, by the famous Medici family who were particularly interested in mythology. The painting features Venus, the goddess of beauty, being born into the world. Having emerged from the sea, she is standing on a shell and is being blown to the land. Venus has smooth peachy skin, long flowing curls and is being received by a magnificent cloak. Some say the model for Venus was Simonetta Vespucci, one of Botticelli’s lovers, who was known as the most beautiful woman in Florence. Venus symbolized ultimate beauty and the Romans desired to look like her.
Publius Ovidius Naso wrote an epic poem titled Medicamina Faciei
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