The Birth Of Menus
Digital art printed on canvas
Date completed 2009
Birth of the new Man:
About a decade ago, I visited the Uffizi Gallery in Firenze, Italy, a large and most impressive art museum. A special hall was dedicated to Botticelli's creations and contained some of the greatest masterpieces ever created. As I stopped in front of "The Birth of Venus", my eyes expanded with awe and I was amazed by its rare beauty. At that moment I decided that someday, I will be able to paint this way.
"The Birth of Venus" was created around 1482 and has been restored in the 1990's. It glows with dazzling colors as it celebrates the birth of the Goddess Venus, emerging from the sea and glorifying the feminine powers of the universe.
As all of us – men and women alike, possess masculine and feminine qualities within our personalities, I have chosen to present the new modern man as my own interpretation for Botticelli's masterpiece: The self-conscious man who recognizes his own feminine aspects and enjoys the rewards of well balanced life.
The scene of a birth (or revelation) symbolizes the tremendous social changes that Western civilization had gone through over the past few decades. The differences in gender roles became blurred, and allowed individuals to express their personality without fearing to appear more 'feminine' or more 'masculine' or bound to certain gender behavior, dictated by conservative 'dark' society.