Aphrodite: An Inspiration to Artists

In this image, Aphrodite is depicted as being born from the sea and is being helped by a pair of females in silhouette (Paris). If this is indeed the birth of Aphrodite, due to the controversy of there being alternative meanings, this would be an early scene of the goddess being given life and emerging into the world. The image depicted in the Ludovisi Throne is "skillfully renderedaE with folds of wet garment draped around the body of Aphrodite. The Ludovisi Throne may be "an early representation of the birth of Aphrodite, but she continued to be an enormously compelling subject for artistsaE (Loggia). Aphrodite's birth from the water was a consistently interesting aspect to many artists. What is thought to be the "most famous work of this theme is Sandro Botticelli's Birth of Venus.aE (Loggia) Since the creation of this painting in the early Renaissance, the Birth of Venus has become a model for artists though the centuries due to the soft features and how Botticelli captured the beauty of the goddess of Love (Loggia). But Botticelli was not the only artist to be "seduced by the myth of the goddessaE. A long list artists have pai


 
 
 
 
 
 



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