The navel of Venus: Botticelli

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UploadedApril 20, 2014
TakenApril 20, 2014
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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

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  • Michele Wambaugh

    Michele Wambaugh (Deleted) gave props (20 Apr 2014):

    Great framing & exquisite color! Happy Easter to you, Davide!

  • Lynn E. Harvey

    Lynn E. Harvey gave props (20 Apr 2014):

    Elegant beauty Davide.

  • Donna Mullins

    Donna Mullins (Deleted) gave props (20 Apr 2014):

    My favorite color,especially the rose. Beautiful photo!

  • Ann Reece

    Ann Reece gave props (20 Apr 2014):

    The yellow rose is exquisitive, the narrative is very interesting, fantastic capture, very dramatic set against the black background!!!!

  • Andrea Petersen

    Andrea Petersen gave props (20 Apr 2014):

    Beautiful yellow rose and story to go with it...Well done, Davide!!!

  • Andrea Petersen

    Andrea Petersen said (20 Apr 2014):

    PS Happy Easter to you and your loved ones!

  • Elyseo

    Elyseo gave props (20 Apr 2014):

    favolosa, nero e giallo complementari

  • Joseh Burdell

    Joseh Burdell gave props (20 Apr 2014):

    housed in the Uffizi, Fanstastic !

  • Heather Mellon

    Heather Mellon   gave props (20 Apr 2014):

    An exquisite image.. and a marvelous story! Beautifully done!

  • Sarah Springer

    Sarah Springer (Deleted) gave props (20 Apr 2014):

    Wow, Davide this is spectacular and the info is most interesting

  • Tiia Vissak

    Tiia Vissak gave props (20 Apr 2014):

    a wonderful image!

  • Frank

    Frank gave props (20 Apr 2014):

    a wonderful image!

  • Jyri Vissak

    Jyri Vissak gave props (20 Apr 2014):

    Simple is beautiful!

  • Carl Kuntze

    Carl Kuntze gave props (20 Apr 2014):

    The yellow blossom floats in blackness for all eternity.

  • Donald Garrett

    Donald Garrett gave props (20 Apr 2014):

    Intensely beautiful and so nicely presented

  • Hilda Cox

    Hilda Cox gave props (20 Apr 2014):

    stunning !!!! the black background really shows off that gorgeous yellow rose

  • Evelyne Schulte

    Evelyne Schulte gave props (21 Apr 2014):

    Beautiful !

  • Barbara Kurth

    Barbara Kurth said (21 Apr 2014):

    Very fantastic, beautiful image and so perfect against the black background !! The narrative was wonderful...thank you for that !!

  • Betty Maxey

    Betty Maxey   gave props (21 Apr 2014):

    Artistic capture !!

  • Laura Myers

    Laura Myers said (21 Apr 2014):

    Beautiful, Davide!

  • Talisha (Tally) Sachlis

    Talisha (Tally) Sachlis   gave props (21 Apr 2014):

    A beautiful photo with a beautiful story!

  • Leslie Hunziker

    Leslie Hunziker gave props (21 Apr 2014):

    awesome shot!

  • R L

    R L gave props (22 Apr 2014):


  • Nancy Richard

    Nancy Richard gave props (22 Apr 2014):

    Outstanding....all the more so by its isolation.

  • Carlo Pagan

    Carlo Pagan gave props (22 Apr 2014):

    Concordo con Elyseo!!!

  • Deborah Downes

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  • Claudia Ballestri

    Claudia Ballestri gave props (23 Apr 2014):

    bellissima...I love it

  • Jeffrey Delfin

    Jeffrey Delfin gave props (23 Apr 2014):

    Captivating Shot!

  • rekha nag

    rekha nag gave props (23 Apr 2014):

    Fab!! Superb entry and the write up!!

  • Sonia Adam Murray

    Sonia Adam Murray gave props (24 Apr 2014):

    Fantastic! I hope that you had a wonderful Easter.

  • George Leontaras

    George Leontaras gave props (25 Apr 2014):

    barVoooooooooooooooooo Davide !!!!!!!!!!

  • Susan Littlefield

    Susan Littlefield gave props (27 Apr 2014):

    I love the drama in your photo!! An exquisite shot, and an enchanting narrative!

  • Jen Mars

    Jen Mars gave props (28 Apr 2014):

    very pretty!

  • Laurie Search

    Laurie Search gave props (28 Apr 2014):

    So very beeautiful, Davide!!! :)))

  • Nicole Smith

    Nicole Smith said (29 Apr 2014):


  • Iris Rutkoski

    Iris Rutkoski gave props (3 May 2014):

    very painterly

  • Roxana Brivent-Barnes

    Roxana Brivent-Barnes said (3 Sep 2014):

    I feel at home here, love the beautiful bright rose against the darkness.

    I adore this picture, is more than a click, it has a soul!

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