Botticelli birth venus

The Birth of Venus

circa 1485

Why is it canonical?

Sandro Botticelli became a fixture in the household of Lorenzo Medici, the most powerful man in Florence and a great patron of the arts. For decades, the Medicis had grown their art collection drawing from all corners of Europe. The combination of these paintings on display with the circle of humanist scholars and philosophers would inspire anyone. This painting draws very directly from the Homeric Hymn to Aphrodite, illustrating yet again the enormous influence that classical thinking and aesthetic had begun to have on Europe's artists.

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Botticelli birth venus

Birth of Venus