Birth of Venus
Based on the works, life and art period of Sandro Botticelli, focusing primarily on the sexuality and significance of the Birth of Venus.
Born in 1445 with the birth name of Alessandro di Mariano di Vanni Filipepi, Sandro Botticelli was a very important figure in early fifteenth century art. This period of art is also known as the Renaissance. The Renaissance Period was based on an interest in Roman and Greek culture, which started in Italy. Botticelli belonged to the Florentine School as an apprentice under the guidance of Fra Filippo Lippi from 1458 to 1459. Many of the paintings from Botticelli in this era are based on Roman mythology, such as Spring and The Birth of Venus.
In Roman mythology, Venus represents the principle of love, sex, beauty, fertility, prosperity and military victory. The name Venus stems from the Latin noun Venus which means sexual love and sexual desire. It is thought that Venus is in reality born of sea foam, which is significant to Romans due to the fact they believe that water is one of the main components of life. Venus is the equivalent to the Greek figure Aphrodite.