Mars and Venus

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Title

Mars and Venus
View: Full view of painting

Subject

deities; mythology (Classical)

Description

Venus and Mars is a c. 1483 painting by the Italian Renaissance master Sandro Botticelli. It shows the Roman gods Venus and Mars in an allegory of Beauty and Valour. Venus watches Mars sleep, while two infant satyrs play carrying his armour while another rests under his arm. A fourth blows a conch shell in his ear in an effort to wake him. The scene is set in a forest, and the background shows, in the distance, the sea from which Venus emerged / was born. A swarm of wasps hover around Mars' head, possibly as a reminder that love is often accompanied by pain.

Creator

Sandro Botticelli (Italian painter, ca. 1444-1510)

Source

Description: Wikipedia; http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Main_Page

Date

ca. 1483 (creation)

Contributor

Fredlund, William

Rights

publicDomain

Format

tempera on panel
31 cm (height) x 25 cm (width)

Type

painting (visual work)

Identifier

bott050x.jpg

Coverage

National Gallery (London, England, United Kingdom); Trafalgar Square
Renaissance

Files

Citation

Sandro Botticelli (Italian painter, ca. 1444-1510), “Mars and Venus,” Institute Images Online, accessed December 16, 2017, http://westerncivart.com/items/show/2735.

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