Analysis Of Aphrodite: A Masterpiece Of Love: Sandro Botticelli

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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Her desire was noted by the Medici family and they hired Sandro Botticelli to paint them a canvas painting of their favorite goddess. He was a famous artist that painted the Birth of Venus, along with many other paintings. His birth name is Alessandro di Mariano Filipepi Botticelli. (artble.com) Botticelli was born in 1445 in Florence, Italy. He died in 1510 in Florence, Italy. His father was a tanner, he owned a shop in Santo Spirito (turismo.intoscana.it). Details about Botticelli’s personal life are vague, but his professional career is not. His artistic career started at age 14, he had a similar style to Fra Filippo Lippi. Fra Filippo Lippi, who at the time hired Botticelli to be his apprentice inspired and instructed Botticelli (artble.com) By the time he was 15 years old, he owned his own workshop (turismo.intoscana.it). He also worked for Antonio del Pollaiuolo, from Pollaiuolo he gained his sense of line (mcs.csueastbay.edu). Along with Lippi and Pollaiuolo, he was also influenced by Andrea del Verrocchio …show more content…
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,

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