The Birth of Venal

[Guardian caption] Birth of Venus by Sandro Botticelli, which has been used by the French fashion house Jean Paul Gaultier without permission. Photograph: World History Archive/Alamy.

… According to Italian law, any use of the country’s publicly owned art to sell merchandise requires permission and payment of a fee.

(Angela Giuffrida)

Who “owns” reproduced images pulled from Botticelli’s cloying, excessively familiar painting? The presumption to be drawn from this article is that they’re owned by the public of Italy. (!)

The Uffizi itself uses its artworks to sell merchandise in its shop…


“‘Everything sold in the Uffizi shop is of course authorised and for every item sold we receive a certain percentage,’ said [Eike Schmidt, director of the Uffizi Galleries] … ‘Do you need to wear a T-shirt with Botticelli on it? Some people like to….’”

(Angela Giuffrida, “Uffizi Galleries sue Jean Paul Gaultier over use of Botticelli images,”, 10-10-22)

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About JMN

I live in Texas and devote much of my time to easel painting on an amateur basis. I stream a lot of music, mostly jazz, throughout the day. I like to read and memorize poetry.
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4 Responses to The Birth of Venal

  1. An interesting discussion!

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