The Birth of Venus by Botticelli
Cross stitch chart or kit from the Scarlet Quince Renaissance Fine Art Collection.
Sandro Botticelli or Il Botticello ("The Little Barrel"; 1445 – 1510) was an Italian painter of the Florentine school during the Early Renaissance (Quattrocento). Less than a hundred years later, this movement, under the patronage of Lorenzo de' Medici, was characterized by Giorgio Vasari as a "golden age", a thought, suitably enough, he expressed at the head of his Vita of Botticelli. His posthumous reputation suffered until the late 19th century; since then his work has been seen to represent the linear grace of Early Renaissance painting, and The Birth of Venus and Primavera rank now among the most familiar masterpieces of Florentine art.
In this piece Venus or Aphrodite, the classical goddess of love, was said to have been born of sea foam. Here she is shown being carried to shore on a scallop shell, blown by Zephyr, the god of the west wind and symbol of spiritual passions. Another goddess is carried by Zephyr, clasping him about his waist, perhaps Chloris, whose domain was flowers, suggested by the rain of flowers about them. Venus is greeted on shore by one of the Horae, goddesses of the seasons, who hands her a flowered cloak. (about 1482)
Approx: 17" x 27" or 44 x 68cm - when worked on 18ct.
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