Lucas Cranach's Venus: Roman Goddess Of Love And Beauty

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In 1532, Lucas Cranach crafted a painting entitled Venus. This piece of art represents that of the Northern Renaissance. During the Renaissance, art was still heavily focused on spirituality, including mythology. The painting Venus depicts the Roman Goddess of Love and Beauty. Venus is the Roman equivalent to the Greek goddess Aphrodite. Both goddesses were commonly portrayed in art due to their perceived beauty and appeal. The figure’s beauty is portrayed through the features of her body, precise placement of accessories, and her expression.

Venus portrays ideal female beauty through the overall depiction of her body. The first thing one notices when looking at the portrait is the youthfulness of the woman’s appearance. As with most art,
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When one focuses on the face in the painting, one would notice that Venus’ mouth is curved upward to almost reveal a smile. As the cloth does not provide modesty, she possesses poise and confidence about her body. She is portrayed to be happy about its free expression, which is being deemed as beautiful. Her smile reflects the realism that existed for a short time in Greece. Another tribute to prior art is where she is looking in the painting. Both earlier sculptures and the painting of Venus display people with downward glares. When they are looking down, they are thought to be showing their humility. Being humble was and continues to be an important virtue. Her eyes also look a bit tired, with the slight dark circles. These tired eyes, along with the tension seen in her left shoulder, leads to the conclusion that she is under a lot of stress and pressure. It hints at the pressures one is under to achieve the idealized body. The portrayed stress would classify her as a hard worker. The other feature of her eyes are her small, nearly non-existent eyebrows. This type of eyebrow is rare without pruning. This could manifest a sense that one should change the way they naturally look. The most notable unpleasant part of her body, is her feet. In general, the feet look worn and dirty from walking around on the hard ground in which she stands. Her toes lack her bodily beauty from their long length. This …show more content…
He successfully portrays such beauty by making reference to the same ideals that applied in Greek sculpture. This painting says that the idea of beauty in the current age is too harsh an idea about slimness. We ought to emphasize a toned figure instead of a skinny one. This is a view that has begun to surface and influence society. While the idea of beauty has changed over time, the basic concepts such as symmetry, confidence, and youthfulness tend to stay the same. Until the end of time, people will continue to strive for the ideal body as portrayed in that time’s

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