Botticelli, Sandro | The Birth of Venus

Lé Arts Salon


Title: The Birth of Venus
Artist: Sandro Botticelli (Alessandro di Mariano Filipepi)
Year: 1484-86
Medium: Tempera on Canvas
Period: Early Renaissance
Style/Genre: Mythological Painting

Notes & Analysis of the Artwork

The Red (Matrix) infused with pink hues tells of motherhood & affection.

  • Welcomes the arrival of Venus (w/ love) from the divine green.
  • Covering Venus, in kindness and warmth.

The Pink (Clam Shell) with grey undertones.

  • Seen in the falling flowers and lightness of clam.
  • Spiritual, feminine, and emotional connection to her arrival.

The Brown (Old Copper) connects the divine to the earth.

  • Used with gold undertones.
  • The mixture presents religion and fantasy.

The Greens (Axolotl & Camouflage Green) represent the divine depiction and dramatic effect.

  • The watercolor not being blue, but green.
  • Serves as transitional support and a second frame.

HEX, RGB, & CMYK Color Coding below! HEX | R-G-B | CMYK

MATRIX: #b2564f | 178 – 86 – 79 | 0, 52, 56, 30
CLAM SHELL: #caaba4 | 202 – 171 – 164 | 0, 15, 19, 21
OLD COPPER: #6c4d2a | 108 – 77 – 42 | 0, 29, 61, 58
AXOLOTL: #485f43 | 72 – 95 – 67 | 24, 0, 29, 63
CAMOUFLAGE GREEN: #737d6c | 115 – 125 – 108 | 8, 0, 14, 51

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