The Birth of Venus was painted by Sandro Botticelli in the 1480's. I chose this painting because I have always liked it and when I saw it it caught my eye. It measures 5'8" by 9'2" which surprised me because of the great detail used. On a smaller canvas it is easier to disguise details whereas on a big canvas everything is amplified. I love the movement in the air of this painting. Venus' hair is blowing in the wind and the clothes are flowing as well. I find that to be a hard aspect of painting so that's a goal I have for myself that I see executed well in this painting.