Like any other true work of art, there’s much more to these Birth of VenusSocks than anyone might imagine. This Venus is not only a radiant symbol of femininity but a 500-year-old masterpiece. Understanding its mythology and history will deepen our appreciation, even if the masterpiece is on our feet.
I’m not sure how Botticelli would feel about this; it’s true he painted her on canvas at a time when wood was in fashion. But finding her on cotton/polyester/nylon/spandex socks? Let’s ask him.
Salve, Signore Botticelli, let me introduce you to my Birth of Venus Socks. What do you think?
“What?? You are wearing my beautiful Simonetta on your feet? Disgraceful!
The Lady Simonetta was my lover, my muse, my model for many of my paintings. When I died I was buried at the foot of her grave. It was 30 years after her own death, yet she always remained the love of my life.
She was your wife?
Oh! No! She was married to someone else. I famously declared that the prospect of marriage gave me nightmares.
My Birth of Venus Socks, Signore?
Si! Remember this was Florence during the golden age of the Renaissance. There are layers of complex meaning to my work—the poetry, philosophy and religious faith I invested in my Venus—and you reduce her to a pair of socks.
Well, they come in two colors: lavender or blue.
Oh, that makes everything better.
What’s she doing?
Doing? She is Aphrodite, Goddess of Love. She is Eve before the fall from grace. She rises from the sea, the shell symbolizes birth, and when she accepts the robe that is being held for her, she becomes the personification of the Christian Church, the New Eve, the Madonna and Pure Love. My work also predicts the Virgin who will give birth to the Christ. But the image on your Birth of Venus Socks is also remembered as a scandal. I was criticized for her nudity in the 1480’s. For 50 years, this painting could only hang in bedrooms.
Please remember, Signore, with more people wearing these Birth of Venus Socks,your work gets more exposure than it would in a museum.
Very true! Hmmm…in my original painting, Zephyr, God of the West Wind is on her right and to her left, Horae, Goddess of the Seasons. Do you think…perhaps…they may have their own socks?
Style: Crew Socks Size: Sock size 9-11 will fit a women's shoe size 4-10.5 Sock Maker: HotSox (Mount Airy, North Carolina) Materials: 56% Cotton, 22% Polyester, 20% Nylon, 2% Spandex Country of Origin: South Korea