There are dozens, if not hundreds, of images of Venus which have survived from ancient times. Many of them are curvaceous, in fact some ancient Roman Venus' are even a little plump, and there are many that are slim, but they are never too skinny, for how could Venus look as if she starves herself when she is a Goddess of life and fertility? Neither have I seen any obese Venus'. What does this mean? It means that the Romans thought of Venus as looking like a woman with a healthy body, and they recognised that beauty comes in many forms. In that spirit, I want to celebrate the many portrayals of Venus over the centuries, not least the voluptuous ones, so here I go.
Roman Era Venus'
|Fresco of Venus from Pompeii (1st century CE)|
|Celestial Venus (circa 2nd-3rd century CE), Bronze, 25cm|
|Mosaic depicting Venus from Tunisia (circa 3rd century CE)|
Sixteenth century Venus'
|"Sleeping Venus" by Giorgione (circa 1510)|
|"Venus with a Mirror" by Titian (circa 1555)|
|"Venus and Adonis" by Carracci (circa 1595)|
Seventeenth century Venus'
|"Venus" by Domenichino (circa 1615)|
|"Sleeping Venus" by Gentileschi (circa 1625)|
|"Venus and Adonis" by Poussin (circa 1625)|
Eighteenth century Venus'
|"Venus" by Ricci (circa 1700)|
|"Venus and Adonis" by Natoire (circa 1740)|
|"Venus Playing with Two Doves" by Boucher (circa 1750)|
Nineteenth century Venus'
|"Ballerina Calotta Chabert as Venus" by Hayez (1830)|
|"Mars and Venus" by Mongez (1841)|
|"The Planet Venus" by Falero (1882)|
Twentieth century Venus'
|"Venus Visits Vulcan" by Goetze (1909)|
|"The Venus of Poetry" by de Torres (1913)|
|"Russian Venus" by Kustodiev (1926)|
Twenty-first century Venus'
|"Venus" by Newberry (2008)|
|"The Birth of Venus" by lpeters.deviantart.com (2010)|
|"Venus Awakes" by Watwood (2011)|