The Birth of Venus


The Birth of Venus, c.1485 by Sandro Botticelli.

In this famous Renaissance painting, Venus emerges from the sea on a scalloped shell. She is blown to shore by wind-gods, while being showered by roses. Venus was the mythological goddess of love and beauty.

Flower frog fashioned after Botticelli's painting. This goddess is wearing a gown and holding a rose garland.  She is 9.5"h. and is marked "Germany" and numbered "8002."
"Venus (Aphrodite), the goddess of love and beauty, was the daughter of Jupiter and Dione. Others say that Venus (Aphrodite) sprang from the foam of the sea. The zephyr wafted her along the waves to the Isle of Cyprus, where she was received and attired by the Seasons, and then led to the assembly of the gods. All were charmed with her beauty, and each one demanded her for his wife. Jupiter gave her to Vulcan, in gratitude for the service he had rendered in forging thunderbolts. So the most beautiful of the goddesses became the wife of the most ill-favoured of gods. Venus possessed an embroidered girdle called Cestus, which had the power of inspiring love. Her favourite birds were swans and doves, and the plants sacred to her were the rose and the myrtle." Bullfinches Mythology



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