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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.