Venus: The Iconic Woman

Over the years, Venus has been depicted in numerous ways.  The idea was to see how Venus, the most quintessential icon of femininity and beauty, had been variously portrayed through the ages.  It was interesting to see that Venus had been for the most part homogeneously represented until recent years.  

This Venus—dated between 100-99 AD—is a good starting point for this chronological gallery. It establishes the canonical look of Venus, and the classic image of beauty.
This relief depicts a different, less "realistic" sort of Venus. The portrayal (possibly as part of the medium) puts more emphasis on making the character known than on things such as space.
Mars and Venus are both depicted in this German image of a constellation. Venus appears in clothing typical for the German women of the time and the image puts more visual emphasis on chastity.
Botticelli's "The Birth of Venus" shows Venus emerging from the sea. The piece shows Venus with all the entire rest of the scene revolving around her. The movement leads the eye to her.
This drawing of Venus shows her, again covered, but this time faced away from the viewer. Venus's body is part of the emphasis here, her form and the muscles under the skin have been drawn to detail.
This drawing, more sketched in appearance, shows a part of the mythology of Venus and also portrays a different face than previous incarnations of the goddess, but the form is familiar.
This drawing is included in the gallery because the model for this piece was a woman like any other. The title is Venus but the drawing could be anyone. It's important that Venus is generalized.
An untraditional view of Venus, this bust nonetheless captures a sense of womanhood and beauty that suggest its importance to the image of what a woman is.
Yet another depiction of the birth of venus, this piece emphasizes the otherworldly beauty of Venus by painting her floating in space with a sea. It elevates the female form with soft lighting.
This version of Venus, again shows another kind of Venus. One who, is not necessarily as soft as any of the others.
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