Venus and Mars

Venus, the goddess of love, and Mars, the god of war are depicted in a moment of adulterous passion in this oil painting. They are each personified, with Venus shown with golden hair and a voluptuous body and Mars show with a strong and fit build. The rich furnishing of the scene, as well as the small cherub in the foreground are telling elements of the Renaissance during which this was painted.

Creator: Sandro Botticelli

Date: c. 1485

Original Medium: Tempera and oil on poplar

Original Size: 69.2 x 173.4 cm

Location: National Gallery London