Spring 2019

LIB168

Ancient Greece: Aphrodite in Art

When the Romans adopted the Greek pantheon, the goddess of love, Aphrodite, became Venus. We will examine the life and loves of the Greek and the Roman goddess in artworks by Tintoretto, Velázquez, Botticelli, Titian, Carracci, Veronese and others who created dramatic scenes with Aphrodite/Venus and Hephaestus, Mars and Adonis. We’ll also consider the goddess of love as the subject of domestic and erotic art, culminating in Manet’s Olympia. Among other works, we’ll consider Cézanne’s A Modern Olympia, Gauguin’s The Loss of Virginity, Goya’s The Nude Maja, Ingres’s La Grande Odalisque, Titian’s Sacred and Profane Love and Velázquez’s The Rokeby Venus.

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