Please evaluate the artwork, and compare and contrast Venus and Adonis to the works of Venus and cupid, and the birth of Venus. including materials used, style, meaning, symbolism, and any other aesthetic issues concerning the art you have chosen. Explain how the works of art fit into the context of the time period. Please include all references.
Using links to Venus and Cupid http://www.metmuseum.org/toah/works-of-art/1986.138
using links Birth of Venus http://www.ibiblio.org/wm/paint/auth/botticelli/botticelli.venus.jpg
Using this link to Venus and Adonis http://www.metmuseum.org/toah/works-of-art/49.7.16
Using these outlines, please evaluate and compare and contrast the three art work.
What is the FORM of the work?
*Is it a two-dimensional or three-dimensional work of art?
*What materials are used?
*What techniques or processes are used to create the art work?
*What colors are used?
*Describe the use of line, space and balance.
Does the work of art have SUBJECT MATTER?
*If so, what is literally depicted?
*Is the work of art REPRESENTATIONAL, ABSTRACT, or NONOBJECTIVE?
What is the CONTENT?
*What does it mean or represent?
*What is the artist's message?
*Is symbolism used? If so, what is the meaning?
*What is the context of the art work?
*What is the function of the art work?
*What traditional role of the artist is exemplified?
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Please evaluate the artwork, and compare and contrast Venus and Adonis to the works of Venus and cupid, and the birth of Venus. including materials used, style, meaning, symbolism, and any other aesthetic issues concerning the art you have chosen.
Botticelli's Birth of Venus shows the mythological story of her birth. Venus, the goddess of love, centered on the canvas scene, is shown full-grown at her birth from a seashell, in a virgin's pose of modesty, one hand and her hair chastely covering her mons. There is a sense of gentle motion in the waves, flowing fabrics and hair. There is also an air of adoration of the chaste goddess from the winged figures who wait to welcome and cover her. Lotto's Venus and Cupid depicts a much more worldly Venus, who makes no effort to cover her genitals, with her seashell in the background, and a randy, adult-faced little cupid urinating through the wreath supporting the incense burner. Venus wears the Renaissance bridal crown, and her mons is covered only by a few strategically fallen flower petals. This Venus is much less demure than Botticelli's goddess, with a knowing smile on her lovely face, and her lissome body forms a crescent shape on the canvas, on much more blatant display. Titian's Venus and Adonis shows the most wanton version of the goddess yet. Adonis, her human lover, is headed out on a hunt with his impatient dogs, and Venus, twisting in desperation, seeks to prevent his departure. He gazes down at her pleading face and body on display with a detached impassiveness that shows his mind has already departed on the hunt, and that he is wanting to be gone, unmoved by her charms or persuasion. This is a fully mature goddess, pleading with a lover, and using every luscious weapon at her disposal. Her body is twisted in an awkward pose that shows her desperation to stay Adonis' flight. Botticelli's Venus is the most classical in tone, showing a lovely, but almost asexual Venus, even thought she is nude. Lotto's Venus gives a nod to classical tenants, but her knowing smile, and the decadent cupid belie this tone and style it mimics. Titian's Venus is much more Romantic, expressing the wealth and abundance of emotion that period is known for portraying. Gone is the emotionless, chaste goddess, and in her place is a fully mature, sexual woman, secure in her charms, and willing to use her body to tempt her lover into remaining by her side.
Explain how the works of art fit into the context of the time period. Please include all references.
These three works exemplify the change of thought and style from Classicism to Romantic. Reference URLs are cited below.
Descriptions of, comparisons and contrasts of three paintings of Venus, one by Botticelli, one by Lotto and one by Titian.