Botticelli - The Birth of Venus (1482)
France Stamp issued 2008
Painting held at Uffizi Museum, Florence Italy
This painting shows the goddess of beauty, Venus, coming to life after Zephyr has breathed life upon her. Although the painting is clear and full of realism, it is also unrealistic, with an idealized coastline and Venus is unbalanced, with the wind blowing her in towards the coastline.
Botticelli prodcued a large number of mythological and secular works, although he is also known for depictions of the Madonna. This work was produced for the Medici family - he later went on to paint the family in his depiction of Adoration of the Magi.