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Jan Pietersz Saenredam (AKA Jan Pietersz Sanredam; Jan Pietersz Zaenredam), Dutch, (1565–April 6, 1607)
Hendrick Goltzius (AKA Hendrik Goltz; Hendrick Goltius), Dutch, (February 1558–January 1, 1617)

Creation date: undated
Creation place: Netherlands

Other Information

Type: Engraving
Medium and Support: Engraving
Credit Line: Gift of Norman Leitman and Todd Butler
Accession Number: 2004.177
Dimensions: 8 3/16 in. x 5 5/8 in. (20.8 cm x 14.29 cm)

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Jan Pietersz Saenredam
Netherlandish• ca. 1565–1607
(after Hendrick Goltzius)
Engraving • ca. 1602
Venus, the Roman goddess of love and beauty, is shown
here in half length. She was the daughter of Jupiter and
Dione, and traditionally shown born from the foam of the
sea. Though married to Vulcan, she was well-known for
her entanglements with other lovers, both god and mortal.
Here she is accompanied by Cupid (Eros), her son by the
war god Mars. Her affair with the mortal Anchises resulted
in the birth of the great Trojan hero, Aeneas. In this image,
she holds a golden apple, a reference to the Judgment of
Paris, which set off the Trojan War.
Gift of Norman Leitman and Todd Butler, 2004.177
Last Updated: 5/6/2021


This object was included in the following exhibitions:

Divine Desire: Printmaking, Mythology, and the Birth of the Baroque , 3/28/2015 - 6/30/2015


This object has the following bibliographic references:

Michael Brown, PhD and Niria E. Leyva-Gutiérrez. Divine Desire. Printmaking, Mythology, and the Birth of the Baroque San Diego Museum of Art, The. SOS Printing, 2015

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