The Birth of Venus is a painting by the Italian artist Sandro Botticelli, completed in 1486. It depicts the goddess Venus, having emerged from the sea as a fully-grown woman, arriving at the shore. The painting is in the Uffizi Gallery in Florence, Italy.
The Birth of Venus was painted during a time when many Europeans were beginning to rediscover the classical culture of Greece and Rome. The painting reflects this trend, as it depicts a scene from Roman mythology.
Some art historians believe that the painting is an allegory for the birth of the Renaissance. Others believe that it is a representation of the ideal female form.
Whatever the meaning of the painting, it is certainly one of the most beautiful and significant paintings of the Renaissance.