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 La Femme

La Femme

P. N. Chen on 4th Mar 2021

Sandro Botticelli, 1445-1510, was one of the best Florentine Painters. His famous painting, 'Birth of Venus', defines the pith of the 15th century Italian Renaissance.

In spite of the fact that his painting 'Birth of Venus' is viewed as a milestone and perhaps the most appreciated mainstream Italian show-stopper, it required 400 years until the masterpiece acquired magnum opus acknowledgment.

The 'Birth of Venus' portrays Venus, the Goddess of Love and beauty, born of the sea spray, emerge from the ocean arriving on land, on the island of Cyprus, blown there as a mature woman by the gods of the winds, Zephyr and, perhaps, Aura.

The artwork figures features four Gods:

  1. Venus, standing on a seashell in a classical hand gesture, known as Venus Pudica.
  2. Zephyr, the divine force of the west wind, brushing the newborn Venus off to the shore.
  3. Aura, nymphs of the wind, or potentially Chloris, the Nymph of the spring, unfurling roses at Venus' feet.
  4. Horae, goddesses of the seasons, waiting by the seashore, prepared to dress Venus.

The erotic artwork, commissioned by the Medici Family, a major patron of Botticelli, was loomed over the family marital bed. This daring and unusual venture fills in as a token of the importance rare art collectors play in art history.

Considering the conservative Middle Ages Christian Art, it’s a miracle, the sensational nudity survived the crusade that led Botticelli to burn a number of his early paintings in light of their 'sinful' nature.

The portrait of Venus is related to the model Simonetta Vespucci, who pondered a figure of feminine beauty all through Florence. Adored by Botticelli, he requested to be buried next to her. The posture of Venus is related to Medici Venus, a first century BC classical antiquity sculpture portraying Aphrodite in the Venus pudica posture.

Venus Pudica

Botticelli's attention to the feminine beauty, style, erotic appeal, and divine glam, highlighted by the depiction of Venus' hair style, inspired generations of artists to pose the same, keeping Botticelli on top of contemporary trends and fashion. The English Actor Peter Ustinov commented: "If Botticelli were alive today, he'd be working for Vogue".

Jean Paul Gautier "The Birth of Venus" T-Shirt

"Fashion is about what you look like, which translates to what you would like to be like." Jean-Paul Gautier.

Though Brigitte Bardot wondered: "Was it me that Botticelli imagined?”, his Love Goddess, Venus, inspired music video by Lady Gaga, photoshoots by Beyoncé, digital artworks by Andy Warhol, and fashion designs by Dolce & Gabbana and Jean-Paul Gautier.  Reebok sneakers and Adobe Illustrator software appropriated 'Birth of Venus' to promote their products, other appropriation of the artwork appeared twice on the front cover of The New Yorker, Elle magazine and the rundown continues endlessly.

Dolce & Gabbana "The Birth of Venus" Dress

If you wish to discover more of the impact of Botticelli’s work from Pre-Raphaelites to nowadays, I strongly recommend exploring Victoria and Albert Museum, 2016, 'Botticelli Reimagined' art exhibition.

It is worth mentioning 'Birth of Venus' marks the rise of Canvas. Up to that point, painters used wood panels. 'Birth of Venus' was the first work on canvas in Tuscany. Additionally, Botticelli used alabaster powder, creating extra brighter colors.

The New Yorker "The Birth od Venus"

Since Botticelli's early style attempted to visualize poetry, some say 'Birth of Venus' animated Angelo Poliziano's poem 'Stanze per la giostra'

In his work The Symposium, Plato conceptualized the ideal of Love subject to the idea that Venus awards two perspectives: stimulating people to true love and encouraging them to spiritual and intellectual love.

Botticelli's 'Birth of Venus' promotes the icon of love as a wellspring of spiritual development and inner beauty, an idea derived from Plato's philosophy, contending that the contemplation of the object of beauty triggers the brain to grasp and abide spiritual harmony.

A similar reflective and meditative approach was upheld by numerous Enlightened Masters and the Neoclassical Pop Art artworks extend the idea that spiritual development can be practically acquired by gazing at the Goddess of Divine Love.

Titled 'La Femme,' the Neoclassical Pop Art artwork presents a series of collectible pieces for anyone adoring Venus, anyone motivated by aesthetic, spiritual development, or seeking to connect with the Goddess of Love for astrological reasons.

Daily gazing at Venus (quite possibly the most pleasant love icon) impacts the subconscious and conscious mind activity. What's more, even when done inattentively, it serves to manifest love and gain a natural, easy-going, and ongoing effortless meditative state of mind.

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