Pic du Jour: Venus dormida, Botero Plaza, Medellin

Today’s daily travel pic is of Venus Dormida, a 1994 sculpture by Fernando Botero which has pride of place in the sculptor’s eponymous Botero Plaza in the old quarter of Medellin, Colombia’s city center, a square I quickly decided would be among my favorite public gathering places in the world.

The plaza is home to 23 sculptures by the city’s favorite modern-day son which he donated in 2002 to the Museo de Antioquia, a world class art museum that dominates the square’s west side.

That by default makes the square the city’s only only open air museum, where seemingly everyone feels at home. A true “People’s Park”, young mothers, drunks, beggars, cigarette and lime juice vendors freely intermingle with musicians, tourists, artists and bankers.

If you’re curious about the square, check out this aptly-named post, “The World’s Coolest: 49 Photos From Medellin’s Botero Plaza” where you’re daily fix for Botero sculptures will be satiated. I Promise.

To give you a fuller effect, a few more angles and close-ups of Botero’s sensual Venus Dormida –not to be confused with Italian Renaissance painter Giorgione’s 1510 painting of the same name —  are below.

And for the record: today’s Pic du Jour, the site’s 796th straight, was taken in Medellin, Colombia, on 03 June 2013.

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  1. jacquelineobyikocha says

    How totally decadent. I like it

  2. paula graham says

    Wonderfully sensual.

  3. studentdestiny says

    this is amazing! I would love to see that in person. I admire the small sculpture “Venus of Willendorf” from the Paleolithic era so seeing a picture of “Venus Dormida” creates for me a similar feeling. Thanks for sharing!

    1. Bob R says

      Thanks for that, I went and tracked it down — very interesting. I have no idea if that little “Venus” inspired Botero, although much of his work, both sculpture and painting, is of the same relative scale, but more exaggerated, what he simply calls ‘sensual’.

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