Picturing Venus Catalogue
Published on the occasion of the exhibition Picturing Venus at the Hunterian, March to June 2014.
This beautifully illustrated book examines the representation of goddess Venus in art through the extensive collection of engravings held at the Hunterian.
The ancient Roman goddess Venus, known as Aphrodite in Greek, features prominently in Renaissance art as a symbol of female beauty. This book presents new research examining the occurrence of Venus’s image in art and the myths associated with her.
The book features some of the most beautiful engravings from the Hunterian collection, including such masterpieces as Dürer’s Adam and Eve of 1504 and Marcantonio’s Judgement of Paris of c.1510. The text documents how the image of Venus was prized and used in the earliest art academies, in the form of plaster casts, drawings and, most effectively of all, engravings.
Dimensions: 25cm x 25cm x 0.9cm
Publisher: Peter Black and Genevieve Warwick
Date published: 9 March 2014