Seven Paintings of the Birth of Venus

Water is the commonest symbol of the Unconscious.

Carl Jung, Archetypes of the Collective Unconscious

According to Hesiod’s Theogony, Aphrodite was born when Cronus cut off Uranus’ genitals and threw them into the sea, and from the sea foam (aphros) arose Aphrodite..


Continuing on with the amplification of the myth of Hercules — what relation is Venus to Hercules, if she is the offspring of his Great Grandfather Uranus. (Since she emerged directly from the castration of his genitals, does this mean there is a “once-removed” component to the relationship?)

Sandro Botticelli
Tempera on canvas
67.9 inches × 109.6 inches
Uffizi, Florence

Nicolas Poussin
Oil on canvas
38 1/4 x 42 1/2 inches
Philadelphia Museum of Art

Noel Coypel
Oil on canvas

Oil Francois Boucher
Oil on canvas
130 x 162 cm, Niationalmuseum, Stockholm

Alexandre Cabanel
Oil on canvas
130 x 225 cm
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

Arnold Böcklin

William-Adolphe Bouguereau
Type Oil on canvas
120 inches × 86 inches
Location Musée d’Orsay, Paris

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