This sepia toned oil painting shows Venus, the goddess of love, sex, beauty, and fertility [also known as Aphrodite in Greek mythology] is seen with her son, Cupid, whom is sleeping under a tree. This maternal painting by Jean-Baptiste Mallet shows movement within the clouds and sheer fabric surrounding Venus, as if she had come down from Mount Olympus to check on her beloved son. The use of texture on her fabric and the lines within that fabric shows the direction of the wind that is kicked up due to Venus’ chariot touching down on Earth. Venus is seen holding a leash to two of her favorite, Swans, that are resting inside a chariot. These swans tend to represent Inner Grace, Balance, and Commitment, according to shamanicjourney.com.
Venus Mythology. (n.d.). Retrieved April 27, 2016, from http://www.crystalinks.com/venusmyth.html
- Swan Power Animal Symbol Of Inner Grace Balance Commitment. (n.d.). Retrieved April 27, 2016, from http://www.shamanicjourney.com/swan-power-animal-symbol-of-inner-grace-balance-commitment