Why is it Famous? – Venus of Willendorf

By: Joanna Wallace This small statuette is one of the most famous surviving works of art in history, mainly due to its extremely old age. The Venus of Willendorf is an Upper Paleolithic stone carving depicting a woman with exaggerated features and traces of red ochre pigment, but little else is factually known about the piece. The facts: Scientists and art historians have dated the … Continue reading Why is it Famous? – Venus of Willendorf

Why is it Famous? – The Birth of Venus

By: Joanna Wallace I’m sure you recognize this one, as it’s one of the most revered paintings in history! This is Sandro Botticelli’s The Birth of Venus. It was painted between 1482 and 1485 in Tuscany and now resides in the Uffizi Gallery in Florence. It is significant now for various reasons, but didn’t rise to fame until several centuries after its completion. The Image: … Continue reading Why is it Famous? – The Birth of Venus

Why is it Famous? – Venus de Milo

By: Joanna Wallace You may not have heard of this one, but it is another piece that is a hot spot for visitors of the Louvre, a Hellenistic sculpture. This is the Venus de Milo, a sculpture found on the greek island of Milos in 1820. There is a lot of mystery surrounding it, adding to its appeal. The plinth (the slab of stone she … Continue reading Why is it Famous? – Venus de Milo