Birth Of VenusArtist: Emilio Martelli
Dates: b.1913, Florence, Italy
Materials: Scagliola on Panel
Dimensions: 7' x 12'
Current Location: Greenwood Village
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About Birth Of Venus
This is a reproduction of Sandro Botticelli’s (1445-1510) Birth of Venus (1485). Continuing to classicize poetry, Botticelli depicts Zephyr, the god of wind, carrying a nymph. He pushes Venus ashore towards the personification of Spring. Although Botticelli draws upon similar allegories, his complex compositions reveal uniquely different perspectives. The scagliola process uses a mixture of marble dust, crushed shells, and minerals to fill and color on engraved stone surfaces.
This artwork is now on view in the Madden Museum Vault Room.