(1565–April 6, 1607)
(February 1558–January 1, 1617)
Medium and Support:
Gift of Norman Leitman and Todd Butler
8 3/16 in. x 5 5/8 in. (20.8 cm x 14.29 cm)
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