Sandro Botticelli's Birth of Venus painting has been adapted to the surface of a ceramic vase in which one can display a beautiful small flower bouquet. The vase is an oval shape with details on all sides. We see Venus emerging from the sea on a shell as Zephyr the wind god blows her to shore. An attendant brings her a cloak. As one of the most beloved Italian renaissance paintings, add a museum element to your desk and invite Italy into your home.
The Birth of Venus (approx. 1486): The two-dimensional character of this masterpiece is reminiscent of Greek painting. The subject also refers to Venus Anadyomene (Venus, rising from the sea), a lost painting by famous Greek artist Apelles. According to Pliny, Alexander the Great offered his mistress as a model. When Apelles fell in love with her, Alexander let him have her.
The story has it that Botticelli was in love with Simonetta, Nobleman Marco Vespucci's wife, his entire life. It is her that Venus was based on. She died ten years before Botticelli who, at his own request, was buried at her feet in the church of Ognissanti.
- Art vase is made from kiln-fired ceramic, color and gloss finish. (PN SDA32)
- Shape is oval.
- Measures 9 in H x 4.5 in W x 2.75 in D. Weight 1.4 lbs.
This vase is part of an art vase collection called Silhouette d'Art. It is crafted from fine ceramic and decorated with a famous masterpiece painting. Vases are a cooperative effort between two European fine art manufacturers -- Parastone, a Dutch Art Company, and John Beswick, a British ceramic company. The famous art masterpieces are selected for their visual beauty and then applied to a special shaped vase design with a cut edge to enhance a design element from the painting.
About Sandro Botticelli (1445-1510): Botticelli was born in Florence as Allesandro Filipepi. His nickname was given to him because his portly brother was called Botticelli or small barrel. After initially training to be a goldsmith, he became Fra Philippo Lippi's apprentice and he later adopted the latter's lively color palette and the use of clearly delineated contours. When he was only 25 and the protege of the mighty Medici family, he was given the opportunity to start his own studio. He painted portraits and, as an exponent of the Renaissance, works based on stories from Classical Antiquity. He rapidly became one of the principal painters in Florence.