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Venus Botticelli Analysis

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Botticelli created this piece for the Medici family. Humanism and individualism are both portrayed by the nudity of Venus and the dark lines painted around her body to emphasize its shape and the paleness of her skin. The figure of Venus is centered and a sense of beauty emerges from her idealized representation. This painting was inspired by the Greek poet Homer’s writings about Venus, and an ancient Greek sculpture known as Aphrodite of Cnidus. The contrapposto stature of Venus and female nudity—uncommon in medieval art—are examples of the classical Greek and Roman influence on the Italian Renaissance. Birth of Venus displays several pagan gods from Roman and Greek mythology.
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