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The Birth Of Aphrodite

Graphite on paper. 89 x 59 cm. 2018.

Aphrodite is the Greek goddess of love and beauty. The Romans gave her the name 'Venus'. According to Greek legend, Aphrodite's birth happened when the Titan Cronos attacked his father Ouranos with a sickle blade, and sliced of his father's penis. Cronos threw it into the sea, making the sea foam and agitate. From the foam emerged Aphrodite, who was washed up on the shores of Cyprus.

There have been many artists who have visualised the image of Aphrodite. Most famous is the painting 'The Birth Of Venus', by Sandro Botticelli, painted in the late fifteenth century. The painting depicts the goddess standing on a sea clam, as she is gently blown to shore by the west wind, Zephyrus.

In my interpretation i have imagined the goddess Aphrodite emerging from the foaming sea, as she stands on a sea shell, supported by nymphs and mermaids. Beneath them is the god Poseidon, the supreme god of the seas. 



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