ARTIST ON PAPER: Sandro Botticelli Sandro Boticelli's "The Birth of Venus", 1486, Galleria degli Uffizi, Florence. Most paintings of women during the middle Ages symbolize the Virgin Mary, showing her in a demure appearance with an angelic smile and covered head. So Botticelli's depiction of a beautiful goddess, not only an obvious symbol of pagan mythology but also painted as a nude was groundbreaking.
Birth of Venus by Sandro Botticelli. They day before I left Florence, I sat in front of this painting and stared for a good two hours, reflecting on the year and a half I had spent in Florence. Some day, I will live there again.
The Venus of Willendorf Age: Around 25,000 BCE Material: Oolitic Limestone Found: Willendorf (Austria) in 1908 Present Location: Naturhistorisches Museum in Vienna (Austria) Length: 10.6cm Width: 5.7cm Depth: 4.5cm