The title of the painting I choose is Birth of Venus. The title helps explain what is going on in the painting. The person looking at the painting knows that the woman in the shell must be Venus. If you do not know the story about Venus then you will not understand the painting. I would not pick a different title for this painting. If I had to, I would title it "Love and Desire." I do not think my title would make a huge impact like "Birth of Venus." The subject matter in the painting is Venus being born.

The subject is naturalistic. The reason it is naturalistic is that there are people in it, and it is showing outside life. The water, sand, and trees all look real. To some people the work may be unusual. One unusual part of the painting is the wings on Love and Desire in the top left hand corner. The way the shell lies on top of the water.

All of these are examples of unusual manner. The purpose of this work is to explain the story behind Venus. It is showing the meaning of her. Venus is the goddess of love and beauty in Roman mythology. The Greeks called her Aphrodite. Story says that she was born from the foam of the sea near the island Cythera.

She floated gently to Cyprus. The nymphs Love and Desire went with her. She appeared on Olympus in all her beauty. Her lovely golden hair floated about her.

All the gods fell in love with her and wanted to marry her. Venus would have nothing to do with them. She married an ugly and lame Vulcan. Venus was interested for a little while in the glowing forges of her new home, but she could not be faithful to such an ugly husband. She fell in love with Ares (Mars).

Venus was a great friend of lovers, and helped them with their problems. The Romans worshiped her. Hadrian built a temple to her in the Forum. Sandro Botticelli painted Birth of Venus after 1482. His real name is Alessandro di Mariano Filip epi.

He was one of the leading painters of the Florentine Renaissance. He developed a highly personal style characterized by elegant execution, a sense of melancholy, and a strong emphasis on line; details appear as sumptuous still lives. Botticelli was born in Florence, the son of a tanner. His nickname was derived form Botticelli ("little barrel"). He served an apprenticeship with the painter Fra Filippo Lippi.

He worked with the painter and engraver Antonio del Pollaniuoio, from whom he gained his sense of line. Sandro had his own workshop by 1470. He spent almost all of this life working for the great families of Florence. Scholars have not yet conclusively deciphered Birth of Venus. Renaissance Art produced in Europe in the historical period called the Renaissance. Broadly considered, the period covers the 200 years between 1400 and 1600.

The word renaissance literally means "rebirth" and is the French translation the Italian translations is ri nascita. The two principal components of Renaissance style are the following: a revival of the classical forms originally developed by the ancient Greeks and Romans, and an intensified concern with secular life. They were interested in humanism and assertion of the importance of the individual. The Renaissance period in art history corresponds to the beginning of the great Western age of discovery and exploration, when a general desire developed to examine all aspects of nature and the world. During the Renaissance, artists were no longer regarded as mere artisans, as they had been in the medieval past, but for the first time emerged as independent personalities, comparable to poets and writers.

They sought new solutions to formal and visual problems, and many of them were devoted to scientific experimentation. Painters began to devote themselves more rigorously to the rendition of landscape-the careful depiction of trees, flowers, plants, distant mountains, and cloud-filled skies. Artists studied the effect of light out-of -doors and how the eye perceives all the diverse elements in nature. They developed aerial perspective. Oil paint was also introduced as a new medium. Portraits also developed as a specific genre in the Renaissance period.

Renaissance painters achieved the greatest latitude with the history, or narrative, picture, in which figures located within a landscape or and architectural environment act out a specific story. The stories were taken either from classical mythology, like Birth of Venus, or Judeo-Christian tradition. Within such a context, the painter was able to show men, women, and children in a full range of postures and poses. It also gave the subjects' diverse emotional reactions and states. The Renaissance of the arts coincided with the development of humanism, in which scholars studied. The use of classical Latin was revived and often favored at this time.

The Renaissance was also a period of avid exploration: sea captains began to be more daring in seeking new routes to Asia, which resulted in the discovery and eventual colonization of North and South America. Painters, sculptors, and architects exhibited a similar sense of adventure and the desire for greater knowledge and new solutions. Painters were discovering completely new worlds. Sandro used many visual elements in this painting. He used the picture plane and space to create the illusion of depth. He also made the illusion of 3-D objects on a 2-D surface.

The simplest form overlapping is used in this painting. For example, Beauty is overlapping on the sand and trees. Venus is on top of the water, and Love and Desire are overlapping each other. Size is used, but not very noticeable. The beach and trees are smaller as they go back in the painting. I am not for sure if Beauty, Love, and Desire are positioned right.

With the computer image, it has been shrunk down, so they all seem to be the same size. If this is true with the right sized painting, he used the ladder perspective. They are all the same size and in proportion. In this painting, I get the sense of motion. It is implied motion, you can tell the ocean is moving by the way the brush stokes make the waves. The sense of the wind blowing in the painting by the way Venus's hair is flowing and Beauty's dress is flowing.

Chiaroscuro light is used in this painting; where there is no light, it is dark. For examples, Love and Desire are flying in the air, and underneath them, it is dark to show the shadows. Optical color is used in this painting. It is dark around all of them, to show the depth. It is light in the painting where there is nothing. He used optical effect of receding color in this painting.

He used primary and intermediate hues in this painting. One example is how the ocean's hues are blue-green. He used value of lightness and darkness in the work. He shaded and tinted through out the painting. The hues in this painting are peaceful to the viewer. Botticelli used all seven principles of design in this work.

There is visual unity in this painting. Venus, Beauty, Love, and Desire all go together. If you took Beauty, Love, and Desire out of the painting, you would not understand the meaning of Venus. Variety is used, the trees, waves in the ocean, and the flowers around Love and Desire. He uses proximity and repetition to create the visual unity. Continuation is another element used here.

The painting flows, the viewer looks at Beauty and she draws the viewer to Love and Desire. The waves and trees draw the viewer's attention. Handling of the medium is used by the waves in the ocean. Balance is used through visual weight. Love and Desire are heavy on the left hand side. Beauty is the only one on the right hand side, but he balances it out with the trees and her dress.

This painting is asymmetrical. Visual elements are different on each side of the painting. The visual weight in the two halves is similar. Venus is the focal point. Her placement in the middle of the painting draws you to her. Directional force draws you to Venus also.

For example, the rhythm of the waves in the ocean pulls the viewer to her. Botticelli was trying to pull you into the painting. He wanted you to understand and get a feeling of Venus's birth. The medium in this painting is oil paint. He was able to show depth with the paint, he was also able to overlap. He was able to do shadowing with his figures.

During the Renaissance period, many painters painted classical mythology. This is his thoughts on how Venus was born. It gives you his opinion on what she looked like. This painting expresses love and beauty.

What they thought was beautiful back then some people do not find it today. It tells you the story of a goddess, the goddess of Love, Desire and Beauty. In my opinion, Botticelli did a wonderful job on this painting. I love this painting.

It makes the viewer draw a conclusion on what the painting means. It took me a while to understand the point he was trying to make. I understand that Beauty is a resemblance of Venus. I do not think that Beauty is beautiful, but back in the time the painting was painted they did. They thought fat women were beautiful.

I do not understand why Love and Desire are blowing on Venus. I love they way she is wrapped around him. The viewer sees the beauty in the painting. I love how Sandro made the painting flow. It brings a sense of calmness to me. I look at this painting and understand the beauty..