Venus und Amor (1514) by Albrecht Durer

Venus und Amor - Albrecht Durer - 1514

Artwork Information

TitleVenus und Amor
ArtistAlbrecht Durer
Art MovementNorthern Renaissance
Current LocationKunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna, Austria

About Venus und Amor

This artwork, titled “Venus und Amor,” was created by Albrecht Dürer in 1514. As a key representative of the Northern Renaissance, Dürer depicted the mythological subjects of Venus and Cupid in this drawing. The piece is currently housed in the Kunsthistorisches Museum located in Vienna, Austria, and is a fine example of mythological painting, a genre that was popular during the Renaissance period.

The drawing is rendered with fine lines and portrays the Roman goddess Venus standing in a graceful pose with Amor, known in other myths as Cupid, beside her. Venus is depicted traditionally beautiful, in a semi-clad form, seemingly in conversation or interaction with Amor. Amor is shown as a plump child with wings, perhaps in the act of flight or dance, reaching out towards Venus. Behind them are architectural or garden elements like hives on a bench and a wicker basket, with small details of the landscape around completing the scene. Dürer’s signature and the date can also be seen within the artwork, marking it unmistakably as his creation.

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