Birth of Venus

Birth of venus body painting by Danny Setiawan Birth of Venus by Sandro Botticelli is one of the most recognized paintings in art history. Naturally, this is a great addition for the art history series.

Reproducing this painting was challenging because Botticelli masterfully mixed his colors to create a very subtle color and value shift combined with the strong clean and fine lines that separate his subjects from their surroundings creating a very delicate feel.

In her own words:

“To me, Sandro Botticelli’s Birth of Venus is the ultimate expression of eternal femininity… As a dancer of the Isadora Duncan and Middle Eastern traditions, I constantly refer to this work physically and theoretically to inspire the full embodiment of the dance. As a Greek, it will be a significant gesture for me to have the most famous image of a Greek goddess of the Renaissance recreated on my skin, as it is a symbol of rebirth and Hellenic mythology.”

Model: I.M.

Shoot date: Wednesday, May 30th, 2012

Image completion date: Wednesday, June 27th, 2012

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This project was produced with the generous support by:

  • Anonymous | $ 50.00
  • Benin Ford | $ 20.00
  • Jana Dittmer | $ 20.00
  • Segnon Tiewul | $ 20.00
  • Jeanne Bresciani | $ 20.00
  • Valerie Blanc | $ 20.00
  • Dicki Macy | $ 20.00
  • Amy Logan | $ 20.00
  • paras chaudhari | $ 20.00
  • Kaeshi Chai | $ 20.00
  • Moneen Daley | $ 20.00
  • Colette Boudreau | $ 20.00

The remaining cost to produce this image was covered by DenArt NY studio