It depicts the goddess Venus arriving at the shore after her birth, when she had emerged from the sea fully-grown called Venus Anadyomene and often depicted in art. The painting is in the Uffizi Gallery in Florence , Italy. Although the two are not a pair, the painting is inevitably discussed with Botticelli's other very large mythological painting, the Primavera , also in the Uffizi. They are among the most famous paintings in the world, and icons of the Italian Renaissance ; of the two, the Birth is better known than the Primavera. It used to be thought that they were both commissioned by the same member of the Medici family, but this is now uncertain.
The development and eventual dominance of Christianity in late antiquity profoundly changed the needs of patrons and the output of artists. Unlike paganism, Christianity required no images of naked divinities, and new attitudes cast doubt and opprobrium on nude athletics , public bathing, and the very value of the human body. The early Christian emphasis on chastity and celibacy further discounted depictions of nakedness. In this climate, there was little motive to study the nude, and unclothed figures are thus rare in medieval art. Among the notable exceptions are Adam and Eve, whose story casts undress in an ominous light. In late antique works like the sarcophagus of Junius Bassus ca. The rediscovery of Greco-Roman culture in the Renaissance restored the nude to the heart of creative endeavor.
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This portrait was once thought to be of Elisa Bonaparte — , a younger sister of Napoleon Bonaparte. However, the young woman has not yet been identified. At one time attributed to Jacques-Louis David, the portrait has been claimed to be both French and Italian — the hills in the background suggest that it may have been painted in Italy. Although the artist is not yet known, this is a finely painted portrait. The flowing lines of the neoclassical clothing, based upon a revival of Greco-Roman styles, and the clean outline of the woman, whose body is seen in profile, indicate that it was painted in the very early years of the nineteenth century. The portrait was left unfinished and has been painted over the outline of a seated male nude, which is perhaps the work of another artist and was possibly part of a larger composition that has been turned on its side.
Several artists refer to the female body as a masterpiece and an epitome of perfection. To convey their ideas about female beauty, a number of artistes have portrayed the female body in different types of arts. Some of these paintings have fetched millions of dollars through to exclusive art collectors. However, these great works can also be owned in an affordable price through reproductions by WahooArt. Here are the top ten nude paintings we hold in high regard and reproduce in the highest possible quality. The Birth of Venus. This artwork was made between - painted by the renowned artist, Sandra Botticelli. The painting depicts the goddess Venus, also known as Aphrodite. In Greek mythology, Aphrodite, which means the "sea foam-born" was born out of a shell, which was a product of sea foam for former views. The illustrated landscape and also the exact year is a mystery to the present day.