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William Bouguereau (1825-1905)  Naissance de Venus [Birth of Venus]  Oil on canvas, 1879  118 x 85 3/4 inches (300 x 218 cm)   Museum d’Orsay, Paris
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Title: Birth of Venus
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William Bouguereau (1825-1905)
Naissance de Venus [Birth of Venus]
Oil on canvas, 1879
118 x 85 3/4 inches (300 x 218 cm)
Museum d’Orsay, Paris

Venus, known as the bringer of joy, Roman goddess of love and beauty stands on a shell in the middle of the ocean, surrounded by admirers. Two mermen use conch shells to trumpet her arrival as the angels that came to witness her birth ascend to heaven. This painting is truly a tour de force for Bouguereau, standing just over 9’ 10” high, and just under 7’2” wide. Birth of Venus contains 22 fully worked out figures all of which come together to form an amazing composition. Bouguereau uses the goddess, Venus, as an exemplar of the Beauty in our lives. Bouguereau’s Birth of Venus holds a strong resemblance to Botticelli’s Birth of Venus, which also depicts Venus with long flowing hair standing on a similar shell.


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