Date of Award

Spring 4-27-2016

Document Type

Honors Project

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts


Art and Art History

First Advisor

Och, Marjorie

Second Advisor

Dreiss, Joseph

Major or Concentration

Art History


Botticelli's paintings of Venus present unsolved dilemmas to ressearchers. Why do these paintings portray women as the central figures in the narrative when 15th century gender dynamics marginalized women, and what messages are viewers meant to understand from these works of art? My research attempts to answer these questions through an analysis of the "Venus and Mars", which was created between 1483-1484.