Friday, September 18, 2020

Venus And Eve

Carrying on with where we left off yesterday, this is Venus, by Lucas Cranach The Elder, a painting dating to circa 1518, depicting the Roman goddess of love. Cranach was known to paint the goddess along with her son Cupid, but here she's on her own.

Back to religious material, but of a more morbid nature. Eve, The Serpent, And Death dates to 1510-15, depicts Adam as Death, Eve as the temptress, and the serpent in the mix. I could have titled this post Naked Women, but that would have drawn in all sorts of the wrong search results. :)

Another work by Lucas Cranach The Elder, this is Christ And The Adulteress, dating to around 1533, depicting the New Testament interlude with Jesus rebuking those making an accusation against the woman in question.

The path took me into what's called the Baroque Room, a large space with paintings and sculptures mostly of a religious or mythological nature.


  1. Glad that this Venus has her arms!

  2. Hello,
    Beautiful paintings and exhibit. Take care, enjoy your day!

  3. It would have been amazing to see this exhibit. Thanks for sharing them with us.

  4. You made me laugh about the title you thought of. Clever not to use it! Sad also. Is it?

  5. The Baroque Room seems to be painted to match the layout of that one painting.

  6. The Church probably had most of the money to commission artists back in those days.

  7. I really like those two first paintings, they are very unusual.

  8. It was nice to wander the gallery with you!

  9. Always fascinating to see the painting styles of the old masters William, so very different from the artist's of the day ✨

  10. Lovely old master artwork ~

    Live each moment with love,

    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

  11. @Linda: indeed.

    @Nancy: thank you.

    @Francisco: thanks!

    @Eileen: thank you.

    @Denise: you're welcome.

    @Iris: I couldn't help it.

    @Anvilcloud: it does indeed.

    @Tom: that it is.

    @David: true.

    @DJan: they are.

    @RedPat: it's nice to show it.

    @Grace: they were, yes.

    @Carol: thank you.

  12. These all remind me so much of touring museums in Florence Italy.

  13. Hmm, something appears to be "missing" in those first two photos. :-)

  14. The first two paintings are just wonderful, such detail. Love the background colour of the wall in the other photos, really makes the paintings pop.

  15. Thanks for getting us places we've never been.

  16. We can learn so much from these paintings.

  17. @Jeanie: indeed.

    @Sharon: I can see that.

    @Revrunner: modesty? :)

    @Bill: definitely.

    @Kay: indeed.

  18. @Gemel: it does indeed.

    @Joanne: you're welcome.

    @Magiceye: they are.

    @Jan: definitely.

    @Jennifer: we can.