Dimensions: H 50.5 cm x W 55 cm

Dates: 1872 - 1919


Evelyn De Morgan travelled to Italy on numerous occasions from the early 1870s until 1914. Whilst there she visited the Academia and the Uffizi to study the work of the great Masters.

This watercolour drawing of Botticelli's 'The Birth of Venus' was one of a series of paintings by artists such as Botticelli and Leonardo Da Vinci which Evelyn copied for the purposes of her own enjoyment and elucidation. The figures in the Birth of Venus have similarities to the poses in Evelyn's paintings Flora and Cadmus and Harmonia and there is no doubt that Evelyn looked to Botticelli for inspiration when creating her own work.

Associated work in our collection:  "Flora"  (P_EDM_0017)

Associated work in our collection:  "Cadmus and Harmonia" (P_EDM_0041)