One of the most popular paintings in Western art
Controversial, famous, important, full of meaning and beauty
Over 500 years old it is more than art; it is history and culture too
The Birth of Venus
Iconic and a landmark of 15th century (thats right over 500 years ago!) painting
Venus was an earthly goddess who aroused physical love, and a heavenly goddess who inspired intellectual love
Venus emerges from the sea as a woman, arriving at the shore Bond movie, anyone?
Many interpretations exist of the meaning of the painting, including one likely one that it is based on a poem. Another is that it was a wedding painting to suggest correct behavior for the couple to be married