The navel of Venus: Botticelli
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The Legend of Venus by Botticelli
There is a very romantic legend relates that the painting " The Birth of Venus " by Sandro Botticelli.
The painting was commissioned Botticelli by Giuliano di Piero de ' Medici, who was in love with Simonetta Vespucci, the model of the Birth of Venus kept in the Uffizi. The love between Giuliano and Simonetta was a great , legendary love that has made the Florentines fantasize about for decades .
Around the late fifteenth century , Julian ruled Florence with his brother Lorenzo the Magnificent. While Lorenzo was busy keeping the reins of city policies , Julian undertook in knightly competitions to win the affection of Simonetta . For a carousel, its flag bore a painting of the face of Simonetta under written with the words " The one and only ." The young Simonetta was the model not only of Botticelli, but also of other Renaissance painters . Soon, his portraits were scattered throughout Florence and the citizens were fascinated so much by the beauty of the girl to give her the nickname of "La bella Simonetta " .
Some argue that the same Botticelli was in love with Simonetta , a love never declared , expressed only through the many portraits. In addition to the famous painting of the Uffizi Gallery, many of the women in the paintings of Botticelli Simonetta look like .
The young Simonetta tragically died of tuberculosis at the age of 22 years. The Birth of Venus was actually completed in 1485 , nine years after his death . Botticelli was still able to capture its beauty from simple memory. To request the great painter , Sandro and Simonetta now rest in peace next to each other in the Church of Ognissanti in Florence.
The Birth of Venus is one of the few paintings by Botticelli heathen that have not been destroyed by the Catholic Church . Another legend tells that in fact Lorenzo the Magnificent would protect the painting from the wrath of the Church to leave his brother Giuliano a memory of his beloved .
The Birth of Venus , housed in the Uffizi Gallery, is a painting that you absolutely must see when visiting this romantic city , because it is not only the testimony of a great artist or the glory of Florence at the time of the Medici, but also a touching love that is celebrated under the sky of Florence.
THANK TO : Michele Wambaugh
Also by Davide Simone
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