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 exquisite features
and pleasant smile she attracted many suitors, gods and
mortals alike. However, she was married to the
graceless and lame Vulcan, the god of fire. Her true
love was Mars,
the god of war. Their child was the beautiful goddess Harmonia.
One day while Venus and Mars were together
they were caught in an invisible but strong net forged by
Vulcan, and exposed to the ridicule and laughter of the
other gods at Mt. Olympus.
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