• Daily Dose of Europe: Botticelli's Birth of Venus

    5 days ago - By Rick Steves

    On my next trip to Florence's Uffizi Gallery, I can't wait to lay my eyes on that famous “Venus on the Half-Shell” painting...one of the masterpieces of the Renaissance.
    The coronavirus can derail our travel plans...but it can't stop our travel dreams. And I believe a daily dose of travel dreaming can actually be good medicine. One of the great joys of travel is seeing art masterpieces in person. And I'm currently featuring 10 of my favorites - including this one.
    This work was revolutionary: the first large-scale painting of a naked woman in a thousand years. It summed up the growing...
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