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The Birth Of Venus (Botticelli)

Inspired By: The Birth Of Venus (Botticelli)

There are few more beautiful examples of seafood in movies than Uma Thurman’s emergence from a giant clamshell in Terry Gilliam’s epic, at least if you discount the lobster bit in The Naked Gun 2½. We owe it all to Sandro Botticelli – ‘Alessandro di Mariano di Vanni Filipepi’ for those not on familiar terms – and his 1486 masterpiece. Gilliam recreates the portrait beat-by-beat, complete with flying sea-nymphs and modesty-protecting drapery, and also references Pieter Bruegel and French artist Gustave Doré later in the film to further flaunt his paintyphilia. Hieronymus Bosch has also popped up regularly as a Gilliam touchstone, lending his carbuncled carnage and doom-ladden landscapes most clearly to Twelve Monkeys’ apocalyptic near-future.

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1 Nighthawks and The Sting maybe?
When I first saw this picture it reminded me so much of when Hooker (Redford) meets the female assassin posing as a waitress in the cafe. More

Posted by drico on Tuesday June 25, 2013, 11:01

2 Rembrandt?
Ah I see. Too close? More

Posted by annrhoward on Sunday June 23, 2013, 13:52

3 Rembrandt?
What about Peter Greenaway's 'Nightwatching' based on Rembrandt's painting 'The Night Watch' ? More

Posted by annrhoward on Sunday June 23, 2013, 13:51

4 RE:
Clever. Never made that link before :-) More

Posted by DunBirnin on Saturday June 22, 2013, 09:46

5 RE: Lee/Howe
Murray, they were illustrating the same subject matter as the film, so I categorised them with Dali and Spellbound as being too closely involved. More

Posted by Helen OHara on Friday June 21, 2013, 16:35


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