In Which We Wonder: What’s with all the Botticelli?

Over the past several days, an ungodly number of people have been 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 of people are searching for this painting (and landing on my humble post) when, for months after I published the post, that search phrase refered two or three people a week. Is there something going on that I don’t know about? Did Dan Brown write another book?

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5 comments on “In Which We Wonder: What’s with all the Botticelli?

  1. Something similar happened to a friend a year or two ago. They turned out to be trying to solve a clue in the NYT crossword.

  2. Stephanie says:

    I stumbled across your page by searching for Botticelli’e “Birth of Venus” I was looking it up because I had done a studies abroad program in Italy and was looking for a good picture of the piece. I know that they are getting ready for the next years students…that might be a little bit of it. *shrug*

  3. Stephanie,

    I hope you enjoyed the Ufizzi (that’s a stupid statement: Of course you did). what a wonderful opportunity, to study in Italy. thanks for the note.

    blessings,

  4. Tim says:

    Huh… atleast they are landing on your website for something good. That painting is amazing. Venus’ face is gorgeous and her hair is the most incredible hair ever painted. Most of the time it seems that Botticelli had some weird things going on with proportions, but in that painting everything works gorgeously.

    This is all in contrast to my weblog. A bizzare number of people find it via searching for the word “pistonphone.” They are promptly directed to a few photos of a frankenstein-ish gizzmo assembled from PVC and machined scrap aluminum.

  5. tim,

    didn’t realize there was a market for those things. for what it’s worth, I thought it was a groovy-looking contraption.

    have you had a chance to go to Italy? i used to feel all kinds of blah about Botticelli’s “Venus” until i saw the real thing. if you haven’t, you should swing by europe when you get out of asia.

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