Sandro Boticelli's "The Birth of Venus", 1486, Galleria degli Uffizi, Florence. Most paintings of women during the middle Ages symbolize the Virgin Mary, showing her in a demure appearance with an angelic smile and covered head. So Botticelli's depiction of a beautiful goddess, not only an obvious symbol of pagan mythology but also painted as a nude was groundbreaking.

Sandro Boticelli's "The Birth of Venus", 1486, Galleria degli Uffizi, Florence. Most paintings of women during the middle Ages symbolize the Virgin Mary, showing her in a demure appearance with an angelic smile and covered head. So Botticelli's depiction of a beautiful goddess, not only an obvious symbol of pagan mythology but also painted as a nude was groundbreaking.

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Birth of Venus (detail) by Sandro Botticelli, 1486. Tempera on panel

Birth of Venus (detail) by Sandro Botticelli, 1486. Tempera on panel

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The Birth of Venus, Botticelli, detail

The Birth of Venus, Botticelli, detail

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Odilon Redon: The Birth of Venus, 1912. - Google Search

Odilon Redon: The Birth of Venus, 1912. - Google Search

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Jean-Michel Basquiat. Venus, 1983. SFMOMA

Jean-Michel Basquiat. Venus, 1983. SFMOMA

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23 Ways Miss Piggy Is The Reigning Queen Of Awesome

23 Ways Miss Piggy Is The Reigning Queen Of Awesome

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NOT ART | A R T N A U Digital collage by Mothanna Hussein, Hadi Alaeddin and Warsheh.

NOT ART | A R T N A U Digital collage by Mothanna Hussein, Hadi Alaeddin and Warsheh.

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Venus - Sandro Botticelli.  Currently on show at the V&A Botticelli Reimagined exhibition

Venus - Sandro Botticelli. Currently on show at the V&A Botticelli Reimagined exhibition

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Dante Gabriel Rossetti - Venus Verticordia [1863-68]

Dante Gabriel Rossetti - Venus Verticordia [1863-68]

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Jake Baddeley "Venus" Oil on canvas, 1999.

Jake Baddeley "Venus" Oil on canvas, 1999.

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