Venus Rising (1890). Artist: Jean-Léon Gérôme

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    Venus Rising (1890). Artist: Jean-Léon Gérôme
    The Birth of Venus or Venus Rising is an 1890 painting by Jean-Léon Gérôme. It depicts the actual birth of Venus from the sea----but in English, it is most often referred to as Venus Rising.
    Gérôme presents Venus to our standing, en face, in the center of the canvas, and she is ravishingly beautiful--how could she not be? She is surrounded by a cloud of small angels, or putti, and appears atop a wave, hovering just above it, exquisitely formed. Her skin is mother-of-pearl, her long dark hair blows in the sea breeze like a veil, flowing into the pink tulle train of winged cherubs that disappear into the distance. The blue of the sky and the water vividly contrast with her pale skin.