Andy Warhol, ‘Sandro Botticelli, Birth of Venus, 1482 (FS II.317)’, 1984, Revolver Gallery
Andy Warhol, ‘Sandro Botticelli, Birth of Venus, 1482 (FS II.317)’, 1984, Revolver Gallery

SANDRO BOTTICELLI BIRTH OF VENUS 317
Warhol created his own rendition of Botticelli’s “Birth of Venus” as a part of a series intended to give a “Pop” twist to the icons of the Italian Renaissance, including the Botticelli masterpiece “Birth of Venus.”

SANDRO BOTTICELLI BIRTH OF VENUS 317 AS PART OF ANDY WARHOL’S LARGER BODY OF WORK
The Birth of Venus is an allegorical image of the Roman Goddess of love and beauty emerging from the sea, a common theme seen in ancient and classical art. Most famously, Italian Renaissance artist, Sandro Botticelli created a painting of the figure after he was commissioned by the famed Medici family. The scene is said to be an interpretation of a poem by Angelo Poliziano. Warhol created four different versions of Sandro Botticelli, Birth of Venus, 1482 as he did with his Marilyn prints and canvases, bestowing celebrity status on the allegorical figure of love. As with his Marilyn series, Warhol adds brilliant colors to his images of the Roman goddess, provoking thought on the ancient ideals of female beauty as they relate to beauty in the modern world.

Signature: signed and numbered in pencil lower left

About Andy Warhol

Obsessed with celebrity, consumer culture, and mechanical (re)production, Pop artist Andy Warhol created some of the most iconic images of the 20th century. As famous for his quips as for his art—he variously mused that “art is what you can get away with” and “everyone will be famous for 15 minutes”—Warhol drew widely from popular culture and everyday subject matter, creating works like his 32 Campbell's Soup Cans (1962), Brillo pad box sculptures, and portraits of Marilyn Monroe, using the medium of silk-screen printmaking to achieve his characteristic hard edges and flat areas of color. Known for his cultivation of celebrity, Factory studio (a radical social and creative melting pot), and avant-garde films like Chelsea Girls (1966), Warhol was also a mentor to artists like Keith Haring and Jean-Michel Basquiat. His Pop sensibility is now standard practice, taken up by major contemporary artists Richard Prince, Takashi Murakami, and Jeff Koons, among countless others.

American, 1928-1987, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, based in New York, New York