Botticelli Venus Visits America for the First Time EVER

No Need to See This Art Online—It Is Coming To You

So often the art we love is miles and miles away, preventing us from seeing it in person and getting a true sense of a work’s color and size. I can certainly attest to the power and ease of looking at art online, but nothing quite beats seeing a painting in person with your own to eyes and nothing between you and it but air. From now until July, many of us will have that chance when it comes to viewing one of only two of Botticelli’s isolated Venus paintings.

No need to see the art online--it's coming to America. Venus by Sandro Botticelli, detail.
Venus by Sandro Botticelli, detail.

Traveling from Italy, the Venus is the headliner for the Muscarelle Museum of Art’s current exhibition, Botticelli and the Search for the Divine, and is joined by sixteen of Botticelli’s other works, including many life-size representations, as well as several pieces from his painting master Filippo Lippi. Also included are works by Antonio Pollaiuolo and Filippino Lippi, Botticelli’s most prized student.

The Venus resides with the Muscarelle Museum of Art at William & Mary in Virginia from now until April 5, and you can purchase tickets here. It then travels to the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, where it will be on view from April 18 – July 9, 2017.

For many of us, this is a once in a lifetime opportunity to see so many works by the sensuous Renaissance master in one place. The Venus, which has never visited American soil, is simply the cherry on top! Start planning your trip to see her!



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  Courtney is the editor of Artist Daily. For her, art is one of life’s essentials and a career mainstay. She’s pursued academic studies of the Old Masters of Spain and Italy as well as museum curatorial experience, writing and reporting on arts and culture as a magazine staffer, and acquiring and editing architecture and cultural history books. She hopes to recommit herself to more studio time, too, working in mixed media.