Venus and Mars by Sandro Botticelli

•The Birth of Venus by Sandro Botticelli, c. 1486. This is probably the most well-known painting featuring Aphrodite/Venus. It depicts the goddess Venus emerging from the sea upon a shell in accordance with her mythological origin story. The painting is now housed in the Uffizi Gallery in Florence, Italy.
•Venus and Mars by Sandro Botticelli, c. 1483. Another famous work by Botticelli, this painting shows Venus and Mars in a romantic embrace. Venus, the goddess of love, gazes at the sleeping Mars, god of war. The painting is a representation of the power of love over war and violence. It is housed in the National Gallery in London.
•The Toilet of Venus by Théodore Chassériau, 1841. This Romantic painting shows Venus seated at her toilette, gazing at her reflection in the mirror as she is attended to by cupids. The sensuous painting is an homage to feminine beauty and the power of love. It is located in the Musée d’Orsay in Paris.
•The Birth of Venus by Alexandre Cabanel, 1863. This painting depicts the goddess Venus emerging from the sea in a large seashell, being blown by the winds Zephyrus and Aura, and flanked by an attendant holding her wrap. The Neoclassical painting emphasizes sensuality and feminine ideal beauty. It is housed in the Musée Fabre in Montpellier, France.
•Venus and Adonis by Peter Paul Rubens, c. 1635. This Baroque painting by Rubens shows a sensual Venus attempting to restrain her lover Adonis from hunting dangerous beasts. Adonis gazes back at the beautiful nude goddess with a mix of devotion and regret. The painting explores themes of love and the fleeting nature of life. It is located in the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City.
•The Rokeby Venus by Diego Velázquez, c. 1647-1651. This famous painting by the Spanish master depicts Venus gazing into a mirror held by her son Cupid. Her voluptuous nude figure is viewed from behind. The Rokeby Venus is renowned for its masterful brushwork, luminous quality and sensuality. It is housed in the National Gallery in London.
That covers some of the most well-known paintings of the goddess Aphrodite from the Renaissance to Baroque periods. Let me know if you would like to explore any other works of art related to Greek mythology.

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