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The Birth of Venus

Often, I draw inspiration from old paintings. I love to look through the many art books I’ve collected over the years.

For this project, I chose Botticelli’s painting “The Birth of Venus,” which he created in 1485. It depicts the goddess Venus arriving at the shore after her birth, when she had emerged from the sea fully-grown. The painting is in the Uffizi Gallery in Florence, Italy.

It is thought that Botticelli drew inspiration for this painting from the writings of the ancient poet Homer.

Thanks to my team, hair & makeup artist Melissa Hanson (pictured, left) and assistant Audrey Drake (pictured, right); and muse Katie Gaynor (center).
Behind the scenes photos of the making of The Birth of Venus:  Notes / Maundy demonstrating / Melissa applying Katie's makeup