Botticelli and Bowdler

Birth of Venus

“And Heaven came, bringing on night and longing for love, and he lay about Earth spreading himself full upon her. Then the son from his ambush stretched forth his left hand and in his right took the great long sickle with jagged teeth, and swiftly lopped off his own father’s members and cast them away to fall behind him…And as soon as he had cut off the members with flint and cast them from the land into the surging sea, they were swept away over the main a long time: And a white foam spread around them from the immortal flesh, and in it there grew a maiden. First she drew near holy Cythera, and from there, afterwards, she came to sea-girt Cyprus, and came forth an awful and lovely goddess, and grass grew up about her beneath her shapely feet. Her gods and men call Aphrodite… (from Hesiod’s Theogony)”

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  1. […] finding their way to my site via searching for Botticelli’s “Birth of Venus” (here is the post). Now, it’s not that I mind or anything, but it just seems weird that all of a sudden, tons […]

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