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Song, J. Lepesov (b. 1945), Savitsky Art Museum, Nukus, Karakalpakstan, Uzbekistan, 19 November 2008 | by Ivan S. Abrams

Botticelli ~ Birth of Venus ~ 1486 Sandro Botticelli’s Birth of Venus is the perfect incarnation of Renaissance art. In painting one his best known masterpieces, Botticelli merged the undeniable perfection of pictorial art and the Neo Platonic idea of divine love. Through the contemplation of the naked beauty of Venus we are allowed to perceive spiritual beauty.

The Creation Panel, Aberdeen University Union (copy of an earlier painting) by Robert Sivell Aberdeen Art Gallery & Museums Date painted: 1938–1954

Joseph Mallord William Turner / Study for 'Light-Towers at La Hève' / c. 1844 / Watercolour and pencil on paper