Floating, weightless, infinitely and perfectly feminine, Venus appears to the viewer floating in a pearl shell. The artist kept this tender image in his memory for many years, because its bearer - the Muse and secret love of Sandro Botticelli, Simonetta Vespucci-left this world early. Married at the age of 16 to Marco Vespucci (the brother of the Amerigo who gave his name to the newly discovered continent), she shone at the Florentine court. All the men of Florence were crazy about her heavenly smile and weightless image, the princes of the blood sought her favor, including the representatives of the oligarchic Medici family-Lorenzo and Giuliano. The young charmer managed the impossible: 'the men loved her without excitement, and the ladies praised her without malice.'
But when Simonetta turned 23, she became completely owned by only one soulless owner - death. No matter how brilliant the life of the court beauty was, even the best doctors of that time could not resist consumption. She left, leaving a bright memory of herself, and Botticelli himself wrote the rest of his life of all his madonnas and goddesses from memory with the image of the unsurpassed first beauty of the Florentine kingdom. Even to bury himself he bequeathed near it. At the feet of his beloved Botticelli threw Eternity itself!