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Botticelli's Venus: The Making of an Icon

Sam Roddick explores the enduring appeal of Botticelli's The Birth of Venus, one of the most celebrated paintings in western art and a joyous celebration of female sexuality.

Sam Roddick explores the enduring appeal of Botticelli's masterpiece The Birth of Venus, one of the most celebrated paintings in western art and a joyous celebration of female sexuality. Its journey to worldwide fame was far from straightforward and it lay in obscurity for centuries. Artist and entrepreneur Sam explains why Botticelli's nude was so revolutionary and explores its impact on contemporary culture with artists such as Terry Gilliam, who memorably reinvented Venus for his Monty Python's Flying Circus animations.

30 minutes

Last on

Sun 29 Oct 2017 19:00

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    Madonna

    Vogue

Credits

Role Contributor
Presenter Sam Roddick
Producer Maurice O'Brien
Director Maurice O'Brien
Executive Producer Richard Bright
Series Producer Matthew Springford

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