Unknown, Statue of Venus Genetrix, 2nd century A.D., Marble 97.7 × 30.5 × 31.7 cm (38 7/16 × 12 × 12 1/2 in.) The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles

Drawing from Antiquity: Venus and Cupid


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Known to the Romans as Venus and to the Greeks as Aphrodite, the goddess of love and beauty appeared in fantastic stories told by ancient writers and poets. Venus is also known for her mischievous son Cupid, who shot arrows into the hearts of gods and mortals, causing them to fall helplessly in love. In this workshop, learn about and draw from many objects in the museum's collection depicting gods of Love.

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