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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.

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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.

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pal00010.jpg | PALEOLITHIC | Venus of Willendorf. | c. 25000 BCE | European | Paleolithic: Aurignacian | Limestone | Austria. | | ©Kathleen Cohen |

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Venus in real colors, processed from Mariner 10 images. Image credit: Mattias Malmer / NASA.

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The Upholstered Venus Chair from Soane Britain upholstered in our "Celadon" Greville Mohair Velvet. Our mohair velvet is available through from www.redlohhousefabrics.com

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Why? Velikovsky has some interesting theories, but seem too radical to be valid. But, clearly something happened to Venus. Is it upside down? If so why?

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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

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