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The Birth of Venus (detail).

Name: The Birth of Venus (detail).
Artist: Sandro Botticelli
Location: Uffizi, Florence, Italy
Year: 1485

The anatomy of Venus and various subsidiary details do not display the strict classical realism of Leonardo da Vinci or Raphael. Most obviously, Venus has an improbably long neck, and her left shoulder slopes at an anatomically unlikely angle. Such details, whether artistic errors or artistic licence, do little to diminish the great beauty of the painting, and some have suggested it prefigures mannerism. Reproductions and variations on Botticelli's famous painting have been numerous in popular culture, including in advertising and motion pictures. This painting inspired a scene in the 1962 James Bond film "Dr. No" with Ursula Andress rising from the sea. The scene was recreated in more detail in the 1988 film The Adventures of Baron Munchausen, with Uma Thurman as Venus. A stylised of the face of Venus is on the 10-cent Italian euro coins.

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