|Sir James Thornhill|
Venus and Adonis
(design for staircase wall at Charborough Park)
With head-gear glittering against the cloud and sun,
The lords go forth from the court, and into far borders.
They ride upon dragon-like horses,
Upon horses with head-trappings of yellow-metal,
And the streets make way for their passage.
Haughty their passing,
Haughty their steps as they go into great banquets,
To high halls and curious food,
To the perfumed air and girls dancing,
To clear flutes and clear singing;
To the dance of the seventy-couples;
To the mad chase through the gardens.
Night and day are given over to pleasure
And they think it will last a thousand autumns,
For them the yellow dogs howl portents in vain . . .
– from Poem by the Bridge at Ten-Shin by Li Po (AD 701-762), a translation by Ezra Pound – who names the Chinese poet 'Rihaku' – first published in Cathay (1915)
Midday personified as Venus and Cupid
(after statue-group at Versailles by Gaspard Marsy)
|Bowles & Carver (London printmakers)|
Judgement of Paris
(Venus and Cupid in foreground, Juno and Athena behind)
|Stefano Mulinari after drawing by Pietro da Cortona|
after painting by Baldassare Peruzzi
Death of Adonis with Venus lamenting
Venus lamenting dead Adonis
Birth of Venus with Sea-god supporting shell, reverenced by Water-spirits
(illustration for Paradise Lost)
|Angelo Campanella after drawing by Anton Raphael Mengs|
Venus mural in Villa Negroni, Rome, excavated in 1777
And the water a hundred feet deep reflecting green eyebrows
– Eyebrows painted green are a fine sight in young moonlight,
Gracefully painted –
And the girls singing back to each other,
Dancing in transparent brocade,
And the wind lifting the song, and interrupting it,
Tossing it up under the clouds.
And all this comes to an end.
And is not again to be met with.
– from Exile's Letter by Li Po (AD 701-762), a translation by Ezra Pound – who names the Chinese poet 'Rihaku' – first published in Cathay (1915)
Venus disarming Cupid
etching printed in sanguine
|Maria Cosway after Richard Cosway|
Birth of Venus, with Neptune supporting shell
Diana and Venus
|Jean-François Janinet after François Boucher|
Toilet of Venus
color aquatint and etching
The Boar that killed Adonis brought before Venus
drawing, watercolor (print-study)
Venus flying over Idalium holding sleeping Cupid in the guise of Ascanius,
followed by Cupid again, with finger to lips enjoining silence
(illustration for The Aeneid)