Alexandre Cabanel - The Birth of Venus - 1863
"This Venus hovers somewhere between an ancient deity and a modern dream; the ambiguity of her eyes, that seem to be closed but that at a close look reveals that she is awake… a nude who could be asleep or awake is specially formidable for a male viewer." - Robert Rosenblum, art historian and curator

Alexandre Cabanel - The Birth of Venus - 1863

"This Venus hovers somewhere between an ancient deity and a modern dream; the ambiguity of her eyes, that seem to be closed but that at a close look reveals that she is awake… a nude who could be asleep or awake is specially formidable for a male viewer." - Robert Rosenblum, art historian and curator

The Birth of Venus by Sandro Boticelli, 1486Tempera on canvas, located in the Uffizi Gallery in Florence, Italy

The Birth of Venus by Sandro Boticelli, 1486

Tempera on canvas, located in the Uffizi Gallery in Florence, Italy