“Venus and Cupid”

Lorenzo Lotto was a painter during the Reinvention of Rome period. Lotto had a complex and rich painting style that shows the influence of many artist of his time like Raphael as well as Lombard. These influences can be seen in most of his works. Venus and Cupid is an interesting painting because there is no record of this picture prior to 1918, but according to the signature on the painting it was done by the artist Lorenzo Lotto, who was an artist from Venice (the Encyclopædia Britannica).
The concept behind this panting is of Venus and Cupid, which was an enormously popular subject in Venice during the renaissance which was probably where this painting was done. Venus is the goddess of love and the portrayal of commitment, that is why works like these were a very common wedding gift at the time. This painting was probably commissioned for just that and was most likely hung in the house of a new wall off couple as a symbol of their long lasting, loving marriage that will be full of children. This painting is full of images that represent marriage such as the veil that the goddesses has attached to her crown as well as the pearls adorned on in her earrings and crown and the knotted ribbon bracelets are emblems of love, well known from Renaissance poetry. Although Venus is shown in her bower, the red cloth and incense are mentioned in classical poems as proper decorations for bridal chambers.  The roses that are scattered on her body as well as in the foreground were essential features of classical and Renaissance wedding ceremonies (work of art collection database). This piece was interesting with all the hidden messages in this piece make it a highly diverse and interesting piece of art.

Work of art collection database.( 2000–2011). The Metropolitan Museum of Art. 1000 Fifth Avenue. New York, New York 10028.
http://www.metmuseum.org/works_of_art/collection_database/european_paintings/venus_and_cupid_lorenzo_lotto/objectview.aspx?page=106&sort=0&sortdir=asc&keyword=&fp=1&dd1=11&dd2=0&vw=1&collID=11&oID=110001362&vT=1&hi=0&ov=0

“Lorenzo Lotto.” Encyclopædia Britannica. Encyclopædia Britannica Online. Encyclopædia Britannica, 2011. Web. 15 Feb. 2011. <http://www.britannica.com/EBchecked/topic/348561/Lorenzo-Lotto&gt;.

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2 Responses to “Venus and Cupid”

  1. You have stated factual information about the artists and explained why you enjoyed his work. You were able to connect his work to the reinvention of Rome and cited it properly.
    I found your blog very interesting because you were able to describe many of the messages in the painting. I love this painting because it shows a very strong connection to marriage and love in a beautiful way. However, I can’t help but wonder: why did so many artists around Venice use love and Venus as primary symbols in their works?

  2. janicealaska says:

    This picture is very appealing but creepy to me. I cannot make up my mind if I hate it because it’s just wrong or appealing because it is wrong and makes me kind of grossed out by it.

    I am an art model and the first thing I ever look at when I look at a woman’s body in art is the proportions and the way the artist did their skin. Her lower torso and pubic area is really off. Her belly, curves, and folds are just in the wrong spots especially for the type of position she is in.

    I find work like this interesting because it helps me learn from my mistakes in drawing. It also makes me think maybe the way the artist painted it that way was what they thought what beautiful for their time. Another example of a intentional “deformed” body was “La Grande Odalisque”, 1814, by Jean Auguste Dominique Ingres. He intentionally painted the women that way because he thought woman’s elongated bodies were more beautiful that way.

    As an art model, I think it’s slightly annoying when artists intentionally makes a part of my body larger than reality because I think that my body is beautiful and perfect already the way it is. The first time I saw “La Grande” I was literally grossed out for weeks, and I had to look at it several times before it didn’t give me the chills.

    This painting kind of did the same thing to me. I think it’s weird that artists would deform and change such a beautiful body to fit their ideal person. Lotto also could have not had a model, and was mostly guessing which is a good hint towards how people felt towards models then.

    Did anyone else notice that Venus was painted this way?

    You mentioned that the painting may have been painted for a couple to show true love. Do you think that the wife really would have let a naked women painting be let into her home in that time period? (I really don’t know, so I am just asking)

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