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The story of the goddness
BY GREEN CAT
The Biggest
Copy
This work is a non-commercial project by Green Cat inspired by the beauty and sexuality of the roman goddess and universal muse, Venus. By doing this research we wanted to show you the other side of copying.
Looking at our subject topic one can notice, that the same idea can be realized in tens or even hundreds of variations, with each artist finding its own sense meaning and embodiment...
Venus-
the story of the
Goddness
1. As the goddess of
love and sex, Venus symbolized
beauty, prosperity, fertility,
and victory.
2. Through ages,
Venus inspired a lot of creative
thinkers and artists to make
their masterpieces.
3. This research was
conducted to inspire you in
your creativity and show how
diverse the copies can be.
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Love, passion, romance and sexuality.
Venus’ themes are love, passion, romance, and sexuality. Venus was originally an Italic Goddess of blossoms; heart and flowers have slowly become attributed to Her loving, passionate energies.
Venus preparing herself
Jean-Baptiste REGNAULT
Love, passion, romance and sexuality.
Venus’ themes are love, passion, romance, and sexuality. Venus was originally an Italic Goddess of blossoms; heart and flowers have slowly become attributed to Her loving, passionate energies.
Venus Victrix, the Goddess of victory...
Venus was also known as Venus Verticordia, Goddess of chastity in women , as Venus Victrix, the Goddess of victory in war and also a nature Goddess, associated with gardens and the arrival of spring.
The Venus Genetrix — mother of rome
When Her son Aeneas fled Troy and founded the Roman race, Venus became known as the divine ancestor of the Roman people. So, in a way, it’s accurate to say that Venus was the mother of Rome.
François Boucher -
The Triumph of Venus
1740
Ancient Italian goddess Venus is associated with cultivated fields and gardens and later identified by the Romans with the Greek goddess of love, Aphrodite. Venus was the Roman goddess of love, maternal care, sexual reproduction, and erotic desire.
The loveliest of all deities, Venus desired—and was desired by—mortals and gods alike. Like the Greek Apollo, Venus had fluid sexuality and had both male and female lovers alike. She was also the guardian of lovers and prostitutes, and a major figure in Roman religion.
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Many titles
M an y t i tl es
Venus Cloacina —
the Purifier
Venus Murcia —
Myrtle, representing the importance of this plant to her
Venus Verticor
dia —
Goddess of chastity in women
Venus Libertina —
Patron-goddess of funerals and undertakers
Venus Felix —
the Lucky, suggesting she could be prayed to for good luck
Venus Genetrix —
Mother, representing her role as mother of Rome
Venus Victrix —
Victorious, showing that she was a godess of victory
Symbols of Venus
(Knowing them one could easily recognize venus)
Symbols of Venus
1. myrtle—sweetly scented flowers, aromatic, evergreen leaves with various medical-magical properties
2. dove — the sacred animal of Aphrodite. The dove also symbolized the peaceful soul for many cultures.
3. Cupid— is the god of desire, erotic love, attraction and affection. He is also known in Latin as Amor ("Love").
Myths
Symbols of Venus
(Knowing them one could easily recognize venus)
Symbols of Venus
She is
the mother of
Rome
(Info taken from the numerous Greek myths and stories)
According to mythology, Venus' son Aeneas fled from Troy to Italy. He became the ancestor of Remus and Romulus, who founded Rome. Venus, in its turn, started being treated with special honor. So, in a way, it’s accurate to say that Venus was the mother of Rome.
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My
th
s
Adonis was dearer to her than heaven!
The heartbreaking story shows Venus as a truly attentive, tender, and cautious woman that can really rely on her inner instincts. She is also a woman who doesn’t pay attention to the social position. She is just a true love.
the most notorious affair with Mars
Venus had two main divine lovers: her husband Vulcan and Mars. Further, you will find a thought-provoking myth concerning Venus' and Mars' love affair and how Vulcan cunningly trapped them in bed with a net.
Venus and Adonis
Peter Paul Rubens
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Venus and (just a Terrible accident)
her lover
Adonis
1. "Beware how you
expose yourself to danger
and put my happiness to risk.”
2. “I do not value your
glory so high as to consent to
purchase it by such exposure.”
In Ovid’s Metamorphoses, Venus carried on an affair with Adonis, a mortal male known for his beauty. As the poet explained, Venus was nicked with the arrow of Cupid, one of her sons, while she bent to kiss the child. The wound went deep into her heart and caused her to fall in love with the mortal Adonis. The two were quite happy together.
But one day Venus dreamed that Adonis had an accident while hunting. She rushed to try to prevent him from going off to hunt, but Adonis ignored her. He thought Venus was crazy to believe in such dreams. Unfortunately, Venus' dream came true: during the hunt, a wild pig with large tusks killed Adonis. A heartbroken Venus had to watch her poor Adonis die because he did not listen to her warning.
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NICOLAS POUSSIN—
VENUS AND ADONIS
1628-1629
01
Being
Happy with
Adonis
02
Trying to
To Stop him from
From Hunt
03
Crying and
And Watching his
his Death
02
Lovers (Mars & venus story)
Trapped by
Vulcan
1. The full story of Venus
and Mars is not greatly known. The
theme is not only about love but
also about secrets and shame.
2. One can say that the story
is describing how passion survives
only when it is secret, and once
discovered, it cannot last.
Even though the goddess of love Venus was married to Vulcan, she had affairs with several other men. Best-known is the one with Mars who was the aggressive, brutal and literally ‘martial’ god of war and the complete opposite to his sweet-tempered brother Vulcan. Their affair Vulcan stopped in a clever way.
Ultimately, the love affair of Mars and Venus was discovered. The two of them got caught. Vulcan invited all gods to Venus’ bedroom so they could examine the trapped pair of lovers. The gods couldn’t stop amusing themselves, they laughed like insane.
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Trapped
Cleverly by
Vulcan
02
Laughed
by Severly
all Gods
03
Punished for
for Cheating on on
Husband
Interesting facts
In te r es ti ng fa c ts
Aphrodit
e
Venus is the same as Greek Aphrodite
Veneralia —
The name of Venus’ festival that took place on April1.
Love with adonis —
Venus had an affair with Adonis, a mortal male known for his beauty.
Temple to Venus —
Venus was so loved and worshiped that even temples were built in her honor.
Golden carriage —
Vulcan loved goddness so much that put her in the golden carriage.
Planet Venus —
The planet is, indeed, named after the goddess.
Epochs
Epo
ch
s
Many Interpretations
through epochs
"The Birth of Venus"
Follower of NOËL NICOLAS COYPEL
"The Birth of Venus"
Follower of NOËL NICOLAS COYPEL
Images of Venus have been found in countless forms from sculptures mosaics and paintings to shrines and even domestic murals and fresco. Venus, due to her natural beauty and sexual nature, was often depicted nude.
There are many fine wall paintings from Pompeii that depict Venus in different forms. Venus continued to be a popular subject matter for artists through antiquity and the renaissance even into the 20th century CE.
Greek and Roman
01
Crouching Aphrodite
Praxiteles
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Crouching Aphrodite
2nd century CE
1. The first time in Greek
history the Goddess was
shown completely naked.
2. It depicts Venus as
bathing, crouching with her
right knee close to the ground.
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Knidian Aphrodite
15-17th Century
04
Titian’s Venus of Urbino
1538
05
Vulcan showing the captured
Mars and Venus to the gods”,
c. 1536.
06
Titian’s
Venere Anadiomene
4. Titian‟s Venus is
completely submissive. Her body
does not belong to her... it is for
the taking.
7. Appearing to be born
out of sea foam, Venus averts her
eyes from our gaze and hovers
on a scallop shell.

Her hands and hair are carefully
arranged to hide her sexuality,
but again, this posture draws
attention to it instead.
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Botticelli’s Birth of Venus
18-19th Century
08
The Bathing Pool
1777–1780
09
"The Birth of Venus"
Follower of NOËL NICOLAS COYPEL
9. Picture depicts the
mythological theme of a resting
semi-nude Venus sitting on a shell
throne while the sea god Neptune
offering her pearl jewels.
10
“Birth of Venus”
unknown author
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"The Triumph of Love" after
François Boucher
Modern
Mo
derni
ty
Mo
de
rn
Time of bold and
audacious experiments
She keeps inspiring not only prominent artists but also just ordinary people to create their masterpiaces, to imagine and reinvent. She is a pure muse, an inspiration...
Each and every variation of the Greek Venus - sculpture, painting or piece of photography ( even if it looks a little bold and provocative ) is here to show us the world from a different angle.
Movie “The Births of Venus”
Directed by Virginie Kahn
Modern
Venus
Reimagined
(Started with Andy Warhol interpretations of Venus — 1984)
Modern Venus interpretations are all about pop art. There are Venuses made of rubber and even trash. It’s so captivating, courageous and mad at a time. The magic and the mystery here is the ability to persist in this mad mix of modern reproduction, imitation and quotation. Let’s be honest, the world’s most beautiful and timeless works of art are also its biggest cliches and most absurd cultural phenomena.
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Sculpture Modern Venus by
Felice Calchi
Modern Sculpture
(Sculptor Capimi Peyejk)
Modern Sculpture
Modern Sculpture
(Sculptor Capimi Peyejk)
Modern Sculpture
Modern Photography
(Really audacious shoots)
Modern Photography
Modern Venus
SZENTELEKI, GÁBOR
Venus interpritation
Jennifer Lopez
Filmography
The Dreamers
Hope
you
enjoyed
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