Venus Rising

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Lucas Cranach

Venus and Cupid
Here, Venus is not seen rising from the sea, but with her mischievous son, Cupid. Whoever Cupid shot with his famous bow and arrows fell in love, and this innocent activity caused much chaos among the ancient gods. Cranach, the German Renaissance artist who painted this picture, frequently represented Venus as a full-length nude. His slim, blonde Venus seems completely confident and looks directly at the viewer. She also wears fabulous accessories - gold chains and a transparent veil. Like Titian, Cranach painted for aristocratic collectors. Although he was influenced by ancient art, again like Titian, his Venus looks very different to the one in the Venetian artist's painting. She is less curvy and her pose is more static.
  • Credits Bequest of the 11th Marquess of Lothian 1941
  • Medium Oil on panel
  • Size 38.10 x 27.00 cm (framed: 61.50 x 50.40 x 5.00cm)


Renaissance literally means rebirth. The word describes aspects of European culture which were inspired by, and sought to revive, ancient Roman and Greek civilization, as well as the period when this happened (between 1300s and late 1500s).