Botticelli's Birth of Venus

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Botticelli’s Birth of Venus “The Birth of Venus” was painted by Alessandro di Mariano di Vanni Filipepi, better known as Sandro Botticelli. Botticelli’s “The Birth of Venus” circa 1485 is the first large-scale canvas created in Renaissance Florence Italy. The canvas painting is approximately 68” x 110” or 173 cm x 279 cm. The original painting was titled “Venus Anadyomene” which means Venus rising from the sea. The better known title of “The Birth of Venus” didn’t come into existence until the 19th century. Botticelli was an artist that prepared all of his own tempera pigments with very little fat and covered them with a layer of pure egg white in a process unusual for his time. He had experimented with many different types of pigment paints to try and capture the appearance of a fresco, which would give it a particular brightness and freshness. The painting has been preserved exceptionally well for its age and today remains firm and elastic with very little cracks. In 1987 the painting was masterly restored to its original brilliant colors when a layer of the varnish, which was added in the 19th century, had yellowed and had become infested with worms, was removed. The masterpiece is currently hanging in the Uffizi Gallery in Florence Italy for all to see. Botticelli was born in the city of Florence around 1444, which at the time was a leading center for progressive painters. Around the age of thirteen Botticelli was apprenticed to a goldsmith, according to Vasari. Botticelli soon realized that goldsmith work was not his strong suit, and about a year later he was placed with his father in the workshop of Filippo Lippi. It was from Lippi that Botticelli learned a more intimate and detailed manner of painting. It is believed that Botticelli traveled to Hungary and participated in the creation of a fresco in Esztergom, which was commissioned by

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