|Venus and Cupid Painting by Louis Cranach, 1531|
Lucas Cranach the Elder (1472 – 1553) a German Renaissance painter did a series of venus paintings tying in with Greek Mythology.
"Renaissance scholars attributed to Theocrites, the 3rd century BC Greek poet, the fable that recounts how Cupid, having been stung by bees when stealing honey, complained to his mother Venus about the pain produced by such small animals. To which she replied that he too was small and that the wounds occasioned by his arrows were much more painful. Cranach knew this text from the translation by his friend Melanchton, whom he had met in the intellectual circles that he frequented at Wittenberg. " Find out more interesting facts about the artwork of Cranach at Pagina Artists a wonderful site about artists
|Venus and Cupid with a Honeycomb: Painting by Louis Cranach, 1531|