Birth of Venus 317 by Andy Warhol

Andy Warhol Birth of Venus 317

Venus is transformed by Warhol into a Hollywood starlet. Warhol crops the well known Botticelli painting to focus on her face. Warhol’s version is colorful and modern. It accentuates the mythological goddess of love.




screen print on paper


25 x 37 Inches




Edition of 70




Birth of Venus 317 by Andy Warhol

Birth of Venus 317 by Andy Warhol is from a portfolio of four screenprints of Botticelli’s goddess of Venus on Arches Aquarelle paper by Andy Warhol.

Warhol was known to obsess over the fame of celebrities of Hollywood. Therefore, he took a classical art piece of the past and redefined it in terms of divinity of the modern American idols. Warhol created four different versions of Sandro Botticelli’s Birth of Venus, as he did with the Marilyn, bestowing celebrity status on Venus, the Roman goddess of love. By using his signature techniques of producing prints in a variety of pop color combinations, he is able to produce a characteristically pop version of Venus.

Venus, the Roman goddess of love, is transformed with vibrant colors, which bestows upon her a celebrity status like those of Hollywood. Although Botticelli’s original work of Venus has an elaborate background with her full body, Warhol choses to focus on her face and flowing hair to emphasize Venus. Warhol’s version of the Birth of Venus features Venus with fire red hair and a dark complexion, against a stark white so as to accentuate her divinity.

About Andy Warhol:

Andy Warhol was an American artist who was a leading figure in the visual art movement known as pop art. Andy Warhol’s works explore the relationship between artistic expression, celebrity culture and advertisement that flourished by the 1960s. Andy Warhol’s Marilyn and Andy Warhol’s Soup Cans are some of the most recognized and collectible of his artworks. From Andy Warhol Paintings to Andy Warhol Prints and unique pieces, the artist’s works are available for sale from Guy Hepner.

More than twenty years after his death, Andy Warhol remains one of the most influential figures in contemporary art and culture. Warhol’s life and work inspire creative thinkers worldwide thanks to his enduring imagery, his artfully cultivated celebrity, and the ongoing research of dedicated scholars. His impact as an artist is far deeper and greater than his one prescient observation that “everyone will be world-famous for fifteen minutes.” His omnivorous curiosity resulted in an enormous body of work that spanned every available medium and most importantly contributed to the collapse of boundaries between high and low culture.

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