Trivium Art HistoryDante Gabriel Rossetti

Venus Verticordia

Venus Verticordia, 1868 — Dante Gabriel Rossetti
83.8 cm71.2 cm

Venus Verticordia is a Pre Raphaelite, Oil on Canvas Painting created by Dante Gabriel Rossetti from 1863 to 1868. It lives at the Russell-Cotes Art Gallery & Museum in England. The image is in the Public Domain, and tagged Flowers, Fruit, Portraits, Women, The Nude in Art, Venus, and Beauty. Source

“The Venus of this picture is no Aphrodite, fresh and white and jubilant from the foam of Idalian seas, nor is she Love incarnate or human passion; but she is a queen of Love who loves not herself, a desire that is unsatiable and remorseless, absolute, supreme. . . . She is the Lust of the Flesh that perisheth not, though around her loves and lives and dreams are evermore becoming as nought.”

— William Sharp, Dante Gabriel Rossetti: A Record and a Study, 204-207.

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