ObeliskDante Gabriel Rossetti

Venus Verticordia

Venus Verticordia, 1868, Dante Gabriel Rossetti
Venus Verticordia, zoomed in
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. SourceDownload

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“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.

Reed Enger, "Venus Verticordia," in Obelisk Art History, Published March 20, 2015; last modified June 03, 2015, http://arthistoryproject.com/artists/dante-gabriel-rossetti/venus-verticordia/.

Further reading atrossettiarchive.org
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