Botticelli's Venus on view in San Sebastian Cloister in Biella

Wed, 05/21/2014 - 09:53
Venere, botticelli

Venus, a painting by Florentine Renaissance artist Sandro Botticelli (1445–1510),  will soon be on view in San Sebastian Cloister, in the city of Biella. The Galleria Sabauda in Turin, where it is usually displayed, will close for restoration work.

At the end of 2013, Botticelli’s masterpieces returned to Italy after being on show at UMAG in Hong Kong from October 18th through December 15th, 2013.

Patronized by various noble families, including the Medici, Botticelli was a master in the Italian High Renaissance period which marked the rebirth  and celebration of Antiquity.

Goddess Venus was a symbol of love, beauty, fertility and prosperity in Greco-Roman mythology, and Botticelli tempera on wood depicting her in the nude exemplifies the sophisticated stylistic and humanist values celebrated by Renaissance artists.

The painting is on view in San Sebastian Cloister in Biella until September 8, 2014.