Sunday, 6 April 2014

Voluptuous Venus

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)

Written by M. Sentia Figula. Find me at neo polytheistRoman Pagan and on Facebook.

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