Sandro Botticelli, The Birth of Venus

That shell! That pose! That wind! So much in this painting seems impossible, not least its divine beauty.

Sandro Botticelli, The Birth of Venus, c. 1483–85, tempera on canvas, 172.5 x 278.5 cm (Galleria degli Uffizi, Florence)

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Cite this page as: Dr. Beth Harris and Dr. Steven Zucker, "Sandro Botticelli, The Birth of Venus," in Smarthistory, December 5, 2015, accessed May 20, 2024,