Venus. Buenos Aires, summer 2014. Painting, Oil on canvas, Size: 43.3 W x 59 H in ( 110 W x 150 H cm). © 2014 Florencia San Martin Brück/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
The Romans adapted the myths and iconography of her Greek counterpart Aphrodite for Roman art and Latin literature.
Roman goddess whose functions encompassed love, beauty, sex, fertility and prosperity. In Roman mythology, she was the mother of the Roman people through her son, Aeneas, who survived the fall of Troy and fled to Italy. Julius Caesar claimed her as his ancestor. Venus was central to many religious festivals, and was venerated in Roman religion under numerous cult titles.
In Wagner’s opera Tannhäuser, which draws on the medieval German legend of the knight and poet Tannhäuser, Venus lives beneath the Venusberg mountain. Tannhäuser breaks his knightly vows by spending a year there with Venus, under her enchantment. When he emerges, he has to seek penance for his sins.