The Birth of Venus Setting & Symbolism

Sarah Dunant
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Snake Tattoo

Alessandra tattoos a drawing of a snake on her body that the painter drew in order to help her overcome her grief at losing her lover. This tattoo is discovered by the nuns in the convent where Alessandra dies, creating shock in the nuns who view it.

Alessandra's Drawings

Alessandra likes to draw and dreams of becoming an artist, but in her time it is improper for a woman to become an artist. Alessandra keeps only the drawings she likes the best and hides them among her belongings.

Painter's Drawings

Alessandra finds a drawing the painter dropped that depicts a man who is clearly dead. Alessandra keeps this drawing, afraid it means that her painter is the man who is killing people in and around the city's churches.

Wedding Chest

Traditionally when a woman wed in this time period, she would take her belongings to her...

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