Sandro Boticelli's "The Birth of Venus", 1486, Galleria degli Uffizi, Florence. Most paintings of women during the middle Ages symbolize the Virgin Mary, showing her in a demure appearance with an angelic smile and covered head. So Botticelli's depiction of a beautiful goddess, not only an obvious symbol of pagan mythology but also painted as a nude was groundbreaking.

Sandro Boticelli's "The Birth of Venus", 1486, Galleria degli Uffizi, Florence. Most paintings of women during the middle Ages symbolize the Virgin Mary, showing her in a demure appearance with an angelic smile and covered head. So Botticelli's depiction of a beautiful goddess, not only an obvious symbol of pagan mythology but also painted as a nude was groundbreaking.

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Birth of Venus (detail) by Sandro Botticelli, 1486. Tempera on panel

Birth of Venus (detail) by Sandro Botticelli, 1486. Tempera on panel

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The Birth of Venus, Botticelli, detail

The Birth of Venus, Botticelli, detail

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Dante Gabriel Rossetti - Venus Verticordia [1863-68]

Dante Gabriel Rossetti - Venus Verticordia [1863-68]

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23 Ways Miss Piggy Is The Reigning Queen Of Awesome

23 Ways Miss Piggy Is The Reigning Queen Of Awesome

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Venus - Sandro Botticelli.  Currently on show at the V&A Botticelli Reimagined exhibition

Venus - Sandro Botticelli. Currently on show at the V&A Botticelli Reimagined exhibition

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NOT ART | A R T N A U Digital collage by Mothanna Hussein, Hadi Alaeddin and Warsheh.

NOT ART | A R T N A U Digital collage by Mothanna Hussein, Hadi Alaeddin and Warsheh.

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John Martinaeu - The Dance of Venus (An accurate scientific drawing of Venus stunning pattern around the Earth. Our closest planetary neighbour draws a huge pentagram pattern around Earth every 8 years or 13 Venusian years. Four of the eight-year Venus cycles are shown, with the motion of Venus around Earth over 32 years), “A Little Book of Coincidence”, 2002.

John Martinaeu - The Dance of Venus (An accurate scientific drawing of Venus stunning pattern around the Earth. Our closest planetary neighbour draws a huge pentagram pattern around Earth every 8 years or 13 Venusian years. Four of the eight-year Venus cycles are shown, with the motion of Venus around Earth over 32 years), “A Little Book of Coincidence”, 2002.

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Jean-Michel Basquiat. Venus, 1983. SFMOMA

Jean-Michel Basquiat. Venus, 1983. SFMOMA

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Uma Thurman

Uma Thurman

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