The Moving Painting is one of the pieces of artwork available in the Animal Crossing series games. This piece is based on the 1486 work "The Birth of Venus" by Italian painter Sandro Botticelli.
A work from the renaissance, Bottecelli's The Birth of Venus is interpreted as a homage to the female form. The focus of the painting is Venus, the Roman Goddess of beauty and love. Blown to the shore by Zephyrus, the god of the west wind, Venus is greeted by one of the Horae, a Goddess of the Seasons, who gives her a flowered cloak. Created in Florence, it remains there to this day, in the Uffizi Gallery.
In New Leaf, if the shell Venus stands on is upside down, the painting is a forgery.
In New Horizons, if there are no trees in the background in the upper right corner, the painting is a forgery.
The forgery as seen in New Horizons
Museum exhibit description
- "A painting of the Roman goddess Venus riding a scallop shell after being born in the ocean. The name Botticelli is said to actually be a nickname given to the artist's brother, who was built like a barrel. Why this nickname was transferred between siblings is a mystery lost to the ages."
- — Museum Exhibit, Animal Crossing: New Horizons
*3,920 reflects the price Redd charges for the painting. The actual buy price (if purchased through the catalog) is 1,960 Bells.