Chariot of the Gods - Venere by Raphael Sanzio



Title

Chariot of the Gods - Venere

Artist

Raphael Sanzio

Ref GM2403
Type Fine Art Print
Image Size 40" x 34" (102 x 86 cm)
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Description  
The early 19th century saw a tremendous revival of interest in the classical art of ancient Greece and Rome, as well as the Classicism of the Renaissance. Images such as this served both as art historical references for architects and designers and as artwork in their own right. This image is from a set of four designs that depicts classical Roman gods and a goddess, portrayed as heroic nude figures riding in chariots atop the clouds in the sky, each with their symbolic attributes. Venus leans forward in her golden chariot, pulled by four white doves. They are from a larger set apparently based on the Roman names for the seven days of the week, also including Jupiter, Diana and Saturn. Venus is the Roman goddess whose functions encompassed love, beauty, sex, fertility and prosperity. In Roman mythology, she was the mother of the Roman people through her son, Aeneas, who survived the fall of Troy and fled to Italy. Julius Caesar claimed her as his ancestor. Venus was central to many religious festivals, and was venerated in Roman religion under numerous cult titles. The Romans adapted the myths and iconography of her Greek counterpart Aphrodite for Roman art and Latin literature. In the later classical tradition of the West, Venus becomes one of the most widely referenced deities of Greco-Roman mythology as the embodiment of love and sexuality.