Sandro Botticelli’s Birth of Venus 319, 1482 was one of his masterpieces that featured Venus, the Roman goddess of love. However, Warhol took her 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. The linework in her facial features uses the same shade of blue as the background, bringing attention to the subtle details of the work and the stoic ethereality of her pose.
Birth of Venus 319 by Andy Warhol as Part of His Larger Body of Work
Warhol wanted to create a series in which he could 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.