Art We Love: Sandro Botticelli's The Birth of Venus
Posted on November 11, 2016
Botticelli’s Venus standing in an open sea shell is one of the most celebrated female nudes in the history of art. A beloved example of the renaissance period and thoroughly modern for its time, The Birth of Venus painting successfully borrows from ancient art forms to create something rich in inner meaning and mythology.
After falling in love with the art work years ago while visiting Florence, The Birth of Venus recently took on a starring role for Love and Object, as official art muse to our new label Olympia.
We love its soft, pearly hues and how the painting continues to be a symbol of grace and beauty. Sandro Botticelli celebrated the female form with unashamed nudity, during a time when artist decisions of this kind were still considered groundbreaking, and not completely accepted.
Botticelli’s own depiction of Venus was a strong inspiration for our first Olympia shoot. Model Zippora Seven channelled the ultra-feminine look with long tresses (hello hair extensions), soft barely there makeup and pastel lingerie. We're certain Venus would've approved.