J. Beliu: Art Piece and Religion


The Birth of Venus by Sandro Botticelli is thought to have been painted around 1480. This was a work done during the Italian renaissance, while the origins of this painting are attributed to Greek myths, the meaning and time period in which it was done give this piece of work a sense of understanding and harmony. The painting, besides being incredibly beautiful and full of vibrant colors, is one that was born out the desire to learn and admire the past, as well as a culture that was not Botticelli. Having an Italian paint a piece honoring and commending the lessons and myths of a different culture, exemplifies the notion that appreciation is not only possible, but something that can have an incredibly positive effect on the world generations later.

The painting serves as a symbol of mystery as to how the holy message came into the hands of humans. It depicts a theme present in many different cultures and religions, the concept that the divine message is enigmatic and magnificent. Venus, the woman in the middle of the painting, is presented naked while trying to cover herself modestly, given the historical context with which this painting was created it shows Botticelli’s willingness to push boundaries. As opposed to other art work during this time that ensure women be shown humbly, he chose to present the myth as it was originally told. In the Renaissance we saw a heavy influence of the bible on pieces of art, yet we also saw many different cultures creating astounding pieces of work based on others religions, traditions and histories. The Birth of Venus is far more than beautiful, it shows what people can create when they choose to understand and appreciate other cultures.