Saturday, 21 May 2016

Venus By Any Other Name

Oh how I love Botticelli's work. I know some folk might find it a bit whimsical, but I love the gentle romanticism of it. Never mind the figures are painted beyond true human proportions. they represent an ideal. I'm happy with that.

As such the V&A's exhibition, Botticelli Re-imagined, is right up my strasse. Lots of beautiful images by the great and good, but also a lot of interesting and fun interpretive pieces.

You're greeted just inside the exhibition door by Ursula Andress rising from a warm and sparkly Caribbean sea, under the appreciative gaze of 007. A living breathing Venus, in every sense.

You will find huge amounts to feast your eyes on throughout the substantial exhibition, expect your heart to swell a little as you navigate all the wonderful gorgeousness.

Be careful of the shop as you exit though, it is full of expensive and tempting items. I almost spent £65 on a bath towel, thinking it would be wonderful styled as a wall tapestry, you know, for the house I don't even own yet! Instead I 'modeled' the towel and signed up to the V&A newsletter to see if it goes in to the sale which inevitably follows every exhibition.

Go see it if you get the chance, it's on until 3rd July. And please try to ignore the fact I appear to have 4 hands and a shonky neckline in this personal interpretation of Botticelli's masterpiece.


  1. What a fantastic day out, that would be, and ha! I love your personal interpretation ♥

  2. I adore Botticelli too, always have, since about the age of five.

    If I were you, I would enlarge the picture of you and have that as a wall hanging, far more original!

    1. Ha ha. Original yes, but not quite as aesthetically pleasing.