The Birth of Venus


The Birth of Venus

"The Birth of Venus" is the myth of how Venus was born out of the waves of the sea, after Uranus was castrated by his son, Cronus. His severed genitals, falling into the sea, fertilized the water.

It has been portrayed and referenced by many artists, painters and writers, the former typically portraying not the actual birth, but the moment where, transported by a shell (a metaphor for the female vulva), Venus lands at Paphos in Cyprus.

"The Birth of Venus" can refer to:
* "The Birth of Venus", a 1486 painting by Sandro Botticelli
* "The Birth of Venus", an 1879 painting by William-Adolphe Bouguereau
* "The Birth of Venus", an 1863 painting by Alexandre Cabanel
* "The Birth of Venus", a book by Sarah Dunant

The Birth of Venus may also be:
* the theme of Venus arising from the sea in art; see Venus Anadyomene
* the mythological event; see Aphrodite


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