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"The Birth of Venus", Oil by Alessandro Botticelli (1445-1510, Italy)
The goddess Venus, having emerged from the sea as a full-grown woman, arriving at the seashore. Botticelli has picked out highlights in her hair with gold leaf and has emphasized the femininity of her body. The brilliant light and soothing colors, the luxurious garden, the gorgeous draperies of the nymph, and the roses floating around the beautiful nude. Venus' body is anatomically improbable, with elongated neck and torso. She stands in a classical contrapposto stance but her weight is shifted too far over the left leg for the pose to be held.