La Nascita di Venere

When I think of beauty, I always remember being lucky enough to see Sandro Botticelli’s La Nascita di Venere / Birth of Venus (ca. 1485) at the Uffizi Gallery in Florence. Even in print this icon of the Italian renaissance is amazing, but in real life it is mesmerizing. A celebration of beauty. To stand face to face with this superstar painting – that I had seen in art books countless of times – it felt like meeting a very famous person. Seeing the touch of the artist in the wave of her hair, her alabaster skin and the tumbling daisies it was as if pure beauty had time-travelled 500 years to look me in the eye. It was simply amazing.


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