Lucas (the Elder) Cranach

Venus

c. 1518
Cranach made numerous paintings on this subject: some depict Venus with her son, the mischievous Cupid, bow and arrow in hand; others warn of the perils of bittersweet love. Here, the goddess is alone, holding us in her gaze. As if mocking at modesty, the jewellery and thin veil only emphasize her nudity. Her lithe, slightly swaying stance and elongated proportions offer an idea of beauty different from contemporary Italian art. Cranach’s many Venuses have become emblems of the German Renaissance.
Title
Venus
Date
c. 1518
Medium
Painting
Materials
oil on linden
Dimensions
178 x 71 cm
Nationality
German
Credit line
Purchased 1953
Accession number
6087

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