CLEP Humanities : Analyzing the Content of Renaissance 2D Visual Art

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Example Question #11 : Analyzing The Content Of 2 D Visual Art

What figure from Greek mythology is prominently featured in Sandro Botticelli's most famous work?

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Sandro Botticelli's The Birth of Venus is one of the signature paintings of Early Renaissance art from Italy, and as such deals with many themes prominent in the era. Botticelli chose the ancient goddess of love, appearing nude and fully formed from the ocean on a clam shell, instead of a Christian theme. Additionally, the picture's symbolism and color focus more on Platonic ideals than the Christian symbolism that was so prevalent in late Medieval art.

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