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The goddess, richly clothed and with a double string pearl necklace, beside an altar of Love on which she is displaying Cupid’s quiver and bow, the latter mounted with billing doves, to one side a laurel crown tied to a Bacchic thyrsus; the frieze with paired tazze of flowers between upright torches 16¼in. high
Venus, the goddess of love and fertility and mother of Cupid, possessed two guises, representing sacred (heavenly) and profane (earthly) love and the process of procreation. The Earthly Venus is commonly represented richly clothed and with pearls about her neck and in her hair, symbolizing the virtuous beauty found in the material world. Here she is shown at the altar of Love with her son's attributes and a laurel wreath (perhaps in honor of her victory in the Judgement of Paris) tied to a Bacchic thyrsus, a symbol of fertility alluding to her patronage of procreation.
|Height||65.40 cm||(25.75 inches)|
|Width||48.80 cm||(19.21 inches)|