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Andy Warhol (American, 1928–1987)
LOT ID: 76207
Details of Renaissance Paintings (Sandro Botticelli, Birth of Venus, 1482), 1984

Screenprint, on Arches Aquarelle
32 х 44 in. (81.28 x 111.76 cm.)
Signed, and numbered, lower recto
Print/Casting Year 1984
Edition 56/70
Foundry/Publisher Editions Schellman & Klüser, Munich, Germany/New York (pub), Rupert Jason Smith, New York (prntr)
Lot description
This particular rendition of Botticelli's masterpiece with a blue background is the most desirable of Warhol's "Birth of Venus" portraits. Warhol created four different versions, as he did with the Marilyn, bestowing celebrity status on Venus, the Roman goddess of love. As with his Marilyn series, Warhol creates black, white, pink and yellow Venus images, calling into question the ancient ideals of female beauty as they relate to our contemporary era of diversity.

Andy Warhol (1928-1987) is widely credited as one of the most significant artists of the 20th century. After studying design at the Carnegie Institute of Technology, Warhol moved to New York in 1949 to pursue a career as a commercial artist. Though successful, Warhol wanted to be an independent painter. In the early 1960s he began to create paintings based on advertising imagery. He established his own studio, The Factory, and developed his signature style, employing commercial silkscreening techniques to create identical, mass-produced images on canvas. With his multiple images of soup cans, soda bottles, dollar bills and celebrities, Warhol revealed the beauty within mass culture and redefined the art world.

Selected Public Collections:
Museum of Modern Art (New York, NY)
Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, NY)
Guggenheim Museum (New York, NY)
Whitney Museum of American Art (New York, NY)
Museum of Fine Arts (Boston, MA)
J. Paul Getty Museum (Los Angeles, CA)
Tate Gallery (London, UK)
Details of Renaissance Paintings (Sandro Botticelli, Birth of Venus, 1482) by Andy Warhol
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