The model painted as Venus is Simonetta Cattaneo Vespucci. She was a noblewoman from Genoa or perhaps, as many people like to believe in – to underline the names coincidence – from Porto Venere (Venus Harbour).
Those who watched the tv show Medici, were left wondering about the real story of Simonetta Cattaneo Vespucci, the noblewoman considered to have been the muse of Sandro Botticelli.
The model Simonetta Vespucci
It's very likely that the muse who inspired many of Botticelli's women, included this Venus, was a well-known young blonde woman living in Florence at the time. Her name was Simonetta, and she was the wife of Marco Vespucci.
Simonetta Vespucci, the muse who was a model both for Botticelli and many others, died at the age of 23.
The Medici family, who commissioned many of Botticelli's most famous works, were used as models in this painting, the youngest Giuliano di Piero de Medici modeling for the sleeping Mars. Venus and Mars (or Mars and Venus) is a panel painting of about 1485 by the Italian Renaissance painter Sandro Botticelli.
The real name of the Birth of Venus - Botticelli
There are several stories concerning this painting, and some of them are between history and legend: they take place in the Florence of the Medici family, during the 15th century. The model painted as Venus is Simonetta Cattaneo Vespucci.
Sandro Botticelli: Venus and Mars in Renaissance Florence
Caroline Campbell, Director of Collections and Research, discusses Italian Renaissance artist Sandro Botticelli's painting 'Venus and Mars', an intriguing mythological scene depicting Venus, the goddess of Love, and Mars, the god of War.
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but Venus is no myth. The goddess' popularity throughout history is bound to the legacy of the real-life model who truly immortalised her into the 21st century: Simonetta Vespucci.
Tall and blonde-haired, Simonetta was considered by many the most beautiful woman in Florence, and numerous court poets and writers, including Poliziano, wrote works in praise of her beauty and charm. Soon Simonetta became the mistress of the powerful Giuliano di Piero de Medici.
Botticelli is said to have been in love with Simonetta Vespucci, wife of Marco Vespucci. Although she died in 1476, at about age 22, she is said to have been the model for Venus and several other female figures in The Birth of Venus and Primavera.
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Simonetta Vespucci (née Cattaneo; 1453 – 26 April 1476), nicknamed la bella Simonetta, was an Italian noblewoman from Genoa, the wife of Marco Vespucci of Florence and the cousin-in-law of Amerigo Vespucci.
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