Andy Warhol, ‘Sandro Botticelli, Birth of Venus, 1482 (FS II.319)’, 1984, Revolver Gallery
Andy Warhol, ‘Sandro Botticelli, Birth of Venus, 1482 (FS II.319)’, 1984, Revolver Gallery
Andy Warhol, ‘Sandro Botticelli, Birth of Venus, 1482 (FS II.319)’, 1984, Revolver Gallery

Sandro Botticelli’s Birth of Venus, 1482 was one of Botticelli's masterpieces that featured Venus, the Roman goddess of love. However, Warhol took the goddess's image and title and transformed it to hold a more celebrity status and Pop art feel. Warhol eliminated the excess featured in the original painting, including her body, to focus on her face and flowing hair. This specific print of the four-screenprint series portrays Venus in subtler hues against a bright blue background to accentuate her divine beauty.

Series: With “Details of Renaissance Paintings”, Warhol wanted to create a series in which he would give a Pop art rendition to the icons of Italian Renaissance. By taking a classical art piece such as the Birth of Venus, Warhol redefines its significance with his iconic screenprinting methods and various color combinations. This series really demonstrated Warhol’s use of a wide variety of subjects for his pieces, from the conventional everyday objects to the idols of the Renaissance, and his ability to give them all a completely different and modern feel.

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