Venus and Mars
Medium: tempera, oil
Location: National Gallery, London, UK
Dimensions: 69.2 x 173.4
Venus and Mars (1483). The goddess Venus carefully guards the sleep of the god of war Mars. The God of War lies naked and without his armor as the Satyrs play on his discarded weapons. In the lower right you see the god of wine Bacchus. The painting was created as a newlywed gift and may have formed the headboard of the matrimonial bed.
Botticelli painted picture Venus and Mars in 1485. Prevailing color of this fine art print is vivid and its shape is long. Original size is 69.2 x 173.4. This art piece is located in National Gallery, London, UK. This image is printed on demand - you can choose material, size and finishing.Sandro Botticelli (1445-1510).
Also known under the name Alessandro di Mariano di Vanni Filipepi. Botticelli was an Italian Renaissance
painter from the Florentine school. His work belongs to the best in the early Renaissance. Botticelli took his surname allegedly from his brother’s nickname (who was as rotund as a tub – botticelli). His artistic career likely began in the goldsmith’s workshop of his brother Antonio. Botticelli was later entrusted by his family to the care of Filippo Lippi, a renowned painter and knowledgeable monk. As a renowned artist, Botticelli gained friends and benefactors from the most important Florentine families. He worked mainly for the Medici family. In 1481, together with another major Florentine painter, Domenico Ghirlandaio, Botticelli was summoned to Rome to participate in the decoration of the Sistine Chapel. In 1491, they were both appointed to a jury that was to decide on the contract for the construction of the facade of Florence cathedral. At the end of his life, he evidently worked under the influence of Savonarol’s fiery sermons, exclusively painting Christian themes. Among his most famous works are The Birth of Venus
and Spring (Primavera)
. Botticelli never married – he reportedly struggled with unrequited love for Simonet Vespucci, who was to be the model for his Venus. As his dying wish, he desired to be buried at her feet. His wish was fulfilled.