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Details of Renaissance Paintings (Sandro Botticelli, Birth of Venus, 1482)

Warhol, Andy

Details of Renaissance Paintings (Sandro Botticelli, Birth of Venus, 1482)

silkscreen on paper, ed. 68/70

1987 Purchase funded by the Albert & Helen Thalheimer Fund & David & Francine Thalheimer

Andy Warhol was a leader in the 1960s Pop Art movement. Pop Art was based on American consumer culture and featured images from advertisements and common objects combined in a cool, detached manner with photographic elements. Warhol began his career as a commercial artist and became known for featuring brand name objects, such as Campbell's soup cans, and celebrities such as Marilyn Monroe, in his work.

In 1984, Andy Warhol produced a series entitled "Details of Renaissance Paintings" featuring images from classical Renaissance art. In this particular silkscreen from the series, Warhol appropriated an image from Sandro Botticelli's 1482 painting, "Birth of Venus." Warhol's iconoclastic irreverence is evident in his use of Pop Art's poster-like style and bold color while simultaneously honoring the work of master artists of western art history.