It may be over 500 years old but Botticelli’s vision of Venus, the goddess of beauty, emerging on a seashell endures as one of the most famous and instantly recognisable works of art.
From Terry Gilliam’s animation for Monty Python to reworkings by pop artists and fashion designers, The Birth of Venus continues to inspire and resonate in the public consciousness in a way only a handful of Renaissance artworks do, outside of the art world.
To celebrate and examine the impact of his work, the V&A museum are currently holding an exhibition called Botticelli Reimagined, which runs until the 3rd of July.
If you can’t make it down to browse the show, there’s an accompanying book which you can order directly from the V&A.
As well as the book, there’s a selection of the usual Botticelli-inspired prints and accessories at the V&A’s online shop but if you’re looking for something more contemporary, stylish, and independent, here’s Home Arty Home’s pick of six fresh takes on Venus:
1. Andy Warhol print from King & McGaw, available framed or unframed
2. Art & Hue – Pop art remix of Venus available in 17 colour options and 3 sizes.
3. Senseshaper – hand-carved woodcut block print by this Texan artist
4. Kasparek – ink-wash stripes by this artist from the Czech Republic
5. Luigi Tarini – Combining two artworks into one, with Mona Lisa’s eyes
6. Brett66 – recoloured detail of Venus with blue hair & violet eye