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You'll know Aphrodite when you see her.
Sometimes she goes by Venus or Cytherea, but no matter what alias she's using, her smokin' good looks give her
away every time. Half the time, she even walks around totally naked... yeah, she kind of sticks out in a crowd.
For real though – and listen to us when we tell you this – you do not want to date Aphrodite. She's pretty to look at,
but she is TROUBLE.
Ceres, Bacchus and Venus
Oil on canvas, 183.8 x 235 cm
Brukenthal National Museum, Sibiu
This painting of spring is really famous – and there I am right in the middle!
La Primavera (Spring)
Tempera on panel, 203 x 314 cm
Galleria degli Uffizi, Florence
Art in Detail: Stories Of Aphrodite (Venus)
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Greeks call her Aphrodite, Romans call her Venus, but everybody calls her drop dead gorgeous.
One of the most worshipped of Greek deities, Aphrodite is the goddess of love, beauty, and
As you might guess, Aphrodite has a pretty wild love life. She provides Olympus with more scandal
and trouble than it could ever want. She is often vain, selfish, vengeful, and untrustworthy.
Still, though, both god and mortal can’t get enough of Aphrodite's unearthly beauty and irresistible
sensual charms. There's no one quite like her.
Nickname Venus, Cytherea
Current city Mount Olympus
Occupation Goddess of Love, Sex, and Beauty
Education The ocean taught me everything I know
Parents Ouranos (dad) and the ocean (mom)
Children Eros, Pothos, Anteros, Himeros, Harmonia, Aeneas, and many
more (Hey, don't judge. I'm the goddess of procreation, what do
Friends Eros (My son is my fave friend)
Dionysus (He throws the best parties)
Enemies The whole Greek army
Psyche, my daughter-in-law
Relationship status Married to Hephaestus. But what he doesn't know won't hurt him. ;)
It's complicated with Ares
Interested in You
Activities Looking at myself in the mirror
Helping mortals feel beautiful
Swimming in the ocean surf
Interests Sex, love, and romance
BOTTICELLI, Sandro, The Birth of Venus
Look at her, she is just about to step down on the shore from her shell. This Venus is just newly born but for a baby Venus she
looks very grown up to me.
She is just perfect, although a little bit modified: Botticelli extended her neck to make it look more graceful. This is called a plastic
surgery in a Renaissance style.
RUBENS, Peter Paul, The Judgment of Paris
Aphrodite (Venus), goddess of love, beauty and fertility, has roses (love symbols) in her hair, as well as pearls that recall the legend
of her birth.
She tells Paris that if he chooses her, she will make Helen (the most beautiful woman in the world) fall in love with him. Her bribe
succeeds; Paris chooses her as the most beautiful goddess.
CRANACH, Lucas the Elder, Cupid Complaining to Venus
Eros (Cupid) is the god of passion, desire, and (sometimes) love. He's
Captain Mojo. When you hear a god described like that, you might think
that any story he pops up in will end happily.
Two people will meet, fall in love, skip through fields of flowers, make
babies, and all that good stuff. However, this is hardly ever what goes
down when Eros comes a knockin'.
Instead, the mischievous little guy causes trouble everywhere he goes –
sometimes, for no better reason than his own personal amusement.
BOTTICELLI, Sandro, Venus and Mars
Ares is never too hard to find. Anywhere there's full-scale chaos – riots, bloodshed, murder, mayhem, the Super Bowl – you'll find
the god of war ... or in bed with Aphrodite.
GUILLEMOT, Alexandre Charles, Mars and Venus Surprised by Vulcan
Hephaistos, the god of smiths was the husband of Aphrodite, who later divorced her following her adulterous love affair with
Ares. Aphrodite was never happy with the marriage having been forced to wed him by decree of Zeus, as a gift for releasing his
mother Hera from the bonds of the cursed golden throne.
RUBENS, Peter Paul, Venus Trying to Restrain Adonis from Departing for the Hunt
What do you get when the goddess of love gets with the hottest guy in the world? Trouble. Venus (Aphrodite) was the goddess
of love, beauty, and procreation. As you might expect from a goddess of these things, she had a wild and crazy love life.
Of course, even though Adonis was only one of her many lovers, the tale of their affair is one of most famous of all the
goddess's romantic exploits. It seems like she just never got over that beautiful boy.
JANSSENS, Abraham, Ceres, Bacchus and Venus
Dionysos, the god of wine who had a short affair with Aphrodite. Hera cursed the goddess to bear a horribly ugly child, Priapos,
as punishment for her promiscuity.