to Venus herself, Anatomy: abdominals, elbows, kneecaps, shoulder socket, eye
sockets. Biologically correct? Yes, to a degree. Proportion: shoulders
narrow, torso long (low waisted), hands and feet chubby and small.
Biologically correct? Compare the two arms. Follow the length of her right
arm from shoulder to elbow to wrist.
follow her left arm from shoulder to elbow to wrist. Her left arm is horribly
disfigured. Mass: hills and valleys are well represented, especially the subtle
light and shadow which define her abdominals. Nude? Definitely. Besides the
manipulation of her body into a higher ideal, her complexion is perfect
(milky white with no moles, warts, wrinkles, burns or discolorations), golden
hair very long, and posture exceptionally graceful (S-curve). As this
painting was created in the same time period as Tintoretto’s Leda and the
Swan, it shares many of the same characteristics defining the ideal
female body – the soft skin, elongated limbs, and graceful arcing limbs.