The Birth of Venus - Sandro Botticelli
The Birth of Venus is a painting by the Italian painter Sandro Botticelli. It hangs in the Uffizi gallery in the Italian city of Florence. The painting is made with tempera on canvas and measures 172.5 cm by 278.5 cm. It depicts the goddess Venus rising from the sea as a mature woman, as described in Greek mythology. The name of the work, however, is not entirely in accordance with the event depicted on it, since, according to legend, Venus was born from the sea foam. However, this image shows her arrival in Cyprus, standing on a shell. In classical antiquity, a shell was a metaphor for a vagina. The pose of Botticelli's Venus is reminiscent of the Venus de Medici, a marble sculpture from classical antiquity in the Medici collection that Botticelli had studied. A detail of the painting is used as an image on one of the Italian euro coins.