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Alexandre Cabanel Birth of Venus

By Juliet Franks | Published 1st August 2018 | Full size is 938 × 555 pixels

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The Birth of Venus, 1863, oil on canvas by Alexandre Cabanel. Exhibited at The Salon and bought by Napoleon III for his private collection, now in Musée d’Orsay, Paris. An example of the popular artistic taste of the period. The mythological scene depicts Venus in the nude, idealised and lasciviously offering herself up to the viewers’ eyes.