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The Birth of Venus

500 Years Later and Still Strong The Birth of Venus is a painting by the Italian artist Botticelli.  It is one of the most famous paintings in the world.  It is estimated that the Birth of Venus was completed in 1480-1484, that means the painting is over 500 years hold, heck it is almost at 550 years old. About the Birth of Venus The painting is an icon for several reasons.  The painting was done on canvas, at the time most paintings, especially fancier paintings were painted on wood.  It is also one of the largest canvas paintings around for that time.  It measures about 9ft x 6ft.  The painting is sensual, during a time of Christian art having a...

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The Myth of Medusa from Greek Mythology

Medusa from Greek Mythology Perhaps of of the most famous characters in Greek Mythology is the gorgon known as Medusa.  The snake haired creature that turns you into stone.  In the Greek mythology, Medusa is a creature, a monster.  She is the daughter of Keto and Phorkys. She also had other two siblings namely Sthenno and Euryale.  Among all of the three siblings, Medusa is the only one who is mortal. Whenever people would look straight into her eyes, they will instantly turn into stones.  This would be great for a sculpture garden, but it doesn't really work if you where the person being turned to stone. The Beautiful Medusa Medusa wasn't always like this. She once had golden hair, and was...

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The Story of Icarus from Greek Mythology

About Icarus from Greek Mythology Icarus is known in the Greek mythology as the son of an artisan named Daedalus, who was also the maker of the Labyrinth. He lived on an island in Crete where the ruler was King Minos. Icarus’ father was a celebrated inventor of great and unique mechanical creations. Daedalus's invention created for King Minos' daughter impressed the leader. Icarus' father was commissioned to build a cage where King Minos could hide the half-bull and half-man monster, the Minotaur. Daedalus built the infamous Labyrinth. Good Old Dad King Minos was greatly impressed with the work of Icarus' father, which led him to the decision of imprisoning Icarus and Daedalus so the inventor could work solely for him. The king's greed led the young...

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