The Birth of Venus

1303 WordsFeb 18, 20136 Pages
The Birth of Venus Alexandra Smith In Sandros Boticelli’s, The Birth of Venus, there were several different types of lines noticeable in the painting. There are actual lines to illustrate simple birds, and curved lines showing the edges of the shell. A lot of the lines were implied by the different colors next to each other. The edge of the trees and the leaves are shown by dark browns and greens against the blue sky. The hard lines of the edge, and soft lines in the folds of the fabric held by the woman who represents Spring in the picture, are illustrated by the shading of colors and contrast between the foreground and background. Lines in this photo also illustrate motion. The straight white soft line coming from the man, is…show more content…
There’s the unusually large shell and human figures with wings to have variety in the painting, and the natural all similar trees, water, and natural similar looking forms appease the eye for unity. The balance in The Birth of Venus is created by placing the most important form Venus, in the center. She is then asymmetrically balanced on either side with the other two human figures. The large wings placed in the top right of the painting balance the darker, fuller side of the trees. The color of the blanket and Springs dress being light also helps balance the wings and flying couple because keeping it darker on that side would draw the eye more to that side. Venus, the woman figure in the center of the painting is the focal point of the painting. The emphasis is placed on her by placing her in the center of the photo, making her appear to be arriving on a large shell, and showing the other images focusing on her. All of the figures are also emphasized because they are all in the foreground and are painted with great detail. The background nature, the edge of the water and sky are all subordinated in the painting. They are faded, light in color, and diminished in size. The directional force of the painting begins at both the left bottom and right bottom. The lines and implied positions of the figures show a line that goes diagonally towards the center of the painting at the top. The force seems to end at the top of Venus’ head. The figures feet and cloud of
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