Aphrodite: A Masterpiece Of Love
Aphrodite was the goddess of love, desire, and beauty. Known as Venus to the Romans, she also goes by many other names: Acidalia, Cytherea, Pandemos, and Cerigo (godchecker.com). She possessed a magical girdle that attracted people and filled their thoughts with desire. The goddess of love had many people worshiping her because they believed she would bring them love from the people were attracted to (talesbeyondbelief.com). The seductive nature of Aphrodite inspired many to desire love and beauty. She continues to be an influential part of many aspects of the arts. The myth of Aphrodite inspired Sandro Botticelli to create the Birth of Venus .
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In the mid 1480’s, Botticelli worked on a major fresco cycle with other artists like: Perugino, Ghirlandaio and Flippino Lippi. They worked together to create artwork for Lorenzo the Magnificent’s villa (sandrobotticelli.net). Also in 1491, he served on a committee that decided upon a facade for the Florence Duomo (sandrobotticelli.net). Botticelli was accused of sodomy in 1502, the charges were later dropped (sandrobotticelli.net). In 1504, he served on a committee that decided where Michelangelo 's David would go (sandrobotticelli.net). His later work expressed distorted figures and a non naturalistic use of color, like the artist, Fra Angelico (sandrobotticelli.net).
A painting by Sandro Botticelli called the Birth of Venus, was one of the most iconic pieces in western art (khanacademy.org). Centered in the middle of the painting is Aphrodite herself. She is on a seashell, riding to shore, after her birth from the sea foam. To the left of Venus, is Zephyrus who carries the nymph Chloris. He is using wind to guide Venus to shore (italianrenaissance.org). To the right of Venus on the shore, is Pomona, the goddess of spring (italianrenaissance.org). The Birth of Venus is now featured in the Uffizi Gallery in Florence (Peter Aykroyd et al,