The Birth of Venus1863 by Alexandre Cabanel

The same year, 1863, is also the date of the only one of Cabanel's paintings that is still well known. His almost ridiculously erotic La Naissance de Vénus - the birth of Venus - was a great success at the Salon that year and was immediately snapped up by the Emperor for his private collection.
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Location: Musée d'Orsay , Paris