The Birth of Venus

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A painting by Sandro Botticelli. It depicts the birth of the goddess Venus, also known as Aphrodite, from the foam of the sea.

Note: The painting is often referred to humorously as “Venus on the half-shell.”
The American Heritage® New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
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