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