Friday, November 2, 2018
01 Paintings, Olympian deities, by the Old Masters, with footnotes # 30
Sir Edward Coley Burne-Jones, Bt., A.R.A., R.W.S.
VENUS RISING FROM THE SEA
Oil on canvas
41 by 24cm., 28¼ by 10in.
The style of the picture suggests that it was painted in the late 1860s as Burne-Jones transitioned from the Medievalism of his earlier watercolours to the more Aesthetic style of his oils. It is an unusually classical and sculptural rendering of the mother of Cupid. More on this painting
The Birth of Venus. In Roman mythology, Venus was the goddess of love, sex, beauty, and fertility. She was the Roman counterpart to the Greek Aphrodite. However, Roman Venus had many abilities beyond the Greek Aphrodite; she was a goddess of victory, fertility, and even prostitution. According to Hesiod's Theogony, Aphrodite was born of the foam from the sea after Saturn (Greek Cronus) castrated his father Uranus (Ouranus) and his blood fell to the sea. This latter explanation appears to be more a popular theory due to the countless artworks depicting Venus rising from the sea in a clam. More The Birth of Venus
Sir Edward Coley Burne-Jones, 1st Baronet ARA (28 August 1833 – 17 June 1898) was a British artist and designer closely associated with the later phase of the Pre-Raphaelite movement. Burne-Jones was closely involved in the rejuvenation of the tradition of stained glass art in Britain. His early paintings show the heavy inspiration of Dante Gabriel Rossetti, but by the 1860s Burne-Jones was discovering his own artistic "voice". In 1877, he was persuaded to show eight oil paintings at the Grosvenor Gallery (a new rival to the Royal Academy). These included The Beguiling of Merlin. The timing was right, and he was taken up as a herald and star of the new Aesthetic Movement. More on Edward Coley Burne-Jones
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