Symbolism In Birth Of Venus

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There is more to reveal behind this painting. In other words, this painting portrays the arrival of a beauty and love. Why is that so? Firstly, the title of this painting – The Birth of Venus. While the Romans knew Venus as an ancient Roman goddess, the Greeks recognize the goddess as Aphrodite. The representation of mythological subjects was the trend back in Renaissance. Despite the different names, the main character of this painting symbolizes fertility, love and beauty. Botticelli followed closely to the trend and represented Venus as a symbol of beauty where she looks ethereal and luminous despite standing tall and undressed.

Botticelli was also known for painting such a large-scale work depicting characters from mythology with no religious subject. Considering this is out of the Christianity faith, as nudity is being portrayed, Birth of Venus is lucky to survive the 1497 bonfire that sought to destroy all items, especially art that were seen as a temptation to sin. These essential readings of Botticelli's Birth of Venus should not exclude a more purely
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The colours used and proportion in this painting has been refined by Botticelli, making it less realistic and much more magical. The clam shell can be seen less intrigued so as to not divert viewer’s attention on it too much when the focal point should be on Venus. However, in some interpretations, the shell that Venus stands on could be the representation of the female genitalia. Even though one may not have the direct meaning of the clam shell, it is quite clear that it is a symbol to birth. Here, the clam shell creates a birthing scene which reflects the oceanic origin of Venus while connecting symbolically to human birth – the woman’s

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