Essay about Analysis Of The Poem ' The Birth Of Venus '

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The Birth of Venus This painting, which is roughly 280 centimeters by 180 centimeters, was made with tempera on canvas. Tempera during this time of the Renaissance was mainly made of egg yolk and colored pigments. It has a fast drying time which made mixing of colors very difficult, which resulted in artists laying one color over another dry color to create modeling. These thin layers of opaque color were known as “scumbles.” There is little to no texture from the brushstrokes in this piece, primarily because of the use of tempera. Botticelli prepared his own tempera pigments with very little fat and covered them with a layer of egg white which was an unusual process for his time. This made his Birth of Venus resemble a fresco in its brightness and freshness. This brightness can really be seen in the stark paleness that consumes Venus ' figure. Botticelli chose a very pastel color palette, with a few exceptions for the wings of the male figure on the left and the dark forest on the right. The golden tones of Venus ' hair radiate around her and accentuates her figure as well as giving her a semi-halo effect. Some artist 's believe that this use of gold may have been inspired by Donatello 's Penitent Magdalen. This work has a composition which can be broken into three sections: left, middle, and right. The primary figure is Venus, who is in the middle of the composition. The figure of Venus in this painting is very similar to Praxiteles ' sculpture of Aphrodite. In that…

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