Sandro Botticelli: "Venus and Mars." The painting shows Venus resting
contentedly. Little satyrs honk horns and play about
Mars, as he sleeps, unaware.
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Image courtesy of the Trustees, The National Gallery, London.
Venus and Mars
Venus was the
goddess of love and beauty. With her beautiful features and
pleasant smile she attracted many would-be boyfriends, gods and
mortals alike. She was married to the clummsy and crippled
Vulcan, the god of fire. Her true love was
the god of War. One day while Venus and Mars were together
they were caught in an invisible but strong net
forged by Vulcan, and thus exposed to the ridicule and laughter
of the other gods at Mt. Olympus.
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