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Also known as the Rokeby Venus, A Venus at Her Mirror is one of the most celebrated paintings from Diego Velázquez, one of the leading artists of the Spanish Golden Age. Finished around 1650 during Diego's period in Rome, the oil painting displays the Goddess Venus lying on a bed in a sensual pose, with her son, Cupid, holding a mirror in front of her.
Inspired by multiple sources like the Sleeping Venus from Giorgione and Tiziano Vecelli's Venus of Urbino, Velázquez combined two established poses in this painting, with Venus reclined on the couch or bed, and the representation in which she is looking in a mirror, a phenomenon known as the Venus effect.
Nude paintings were rare in the XVII century Spanish art scenario, as they were regulated by the Spanish Inquisition. A Venus at her Mirror is the only one made by Velázquez that survived, and it remained in Spain until 1813, when it was sent to be exposed in the Rokeby Park, Yorkshire, England. In 1906 the painting was bought by the National Art Collections Fund to be hung in the National Gallery in London.
In 1914 the masterpiece was attacked by one of the women's suffragettes, Mary Richardson, with a meat cleaver. Acting by the provocation of the arrest of Emmeline Pankhurst on the previous day, Richardson made seven slashes on the painting, all at the Venus portrait, from her hips to her neck. According to the vandal, she tried to destroy the picture of the most beautiful woman in history. The destructive act was meant as a protest against the destruction of Mrs. Pankhurst, seen as the most beautiful character in modern history, in her opinion.
The canvas displays a contrast between the bright colors used in the Goddess's skin and the dark black and grays used in the background and silk where she is reclining on, one of the characteristics of Velázquez mature period.
With her back turned to the viewer, Venus is depicted lying languidly on her bed, with her knees tucked. She isn't portrayed with her regular jewelry, myrtle, and roses, and she is drawn with black hair instead of blonde. The figure can be identified as the Goddess because of Cupid, who is holding the mirror for his mother. The Roman God of physical love is painted without his bow and arrows, with a ribbon crossing his chest and hands.
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Important Notes About Your Painting:
If you have any request to alter your reproduction of A Venus at Her Mirror, you must email us after placing your order and we'll have an artist contact you. If you have another image of A Venus at Her Mirror that you would like the artist to work from, please include it as an attachment. Otherwise, we will reproduce the above image for you exactly as it is.
Free shipping is included in the price of the painting. Once the painting is ready and dry enough to ship, we will roll it and ship it in a sturdy cardboard tube.
We always ship express via courier to ensure your order reaches you as soon as possible - normally within three business days. The total delivery time from the moment you place your order until the package is delivered to your door is normally between three to four weeks.
If, in the unlikely event you were dissatisfied with the painting after reviewing it in person, it can be returned for a full refund for up to 365 days after delivery.
When you receive the painting; you are free to return it for more revisions or else for a full refund minus our actual shipping cost -- which is, on average, $25 per painting.
1st Art Gallery provides a full warranty covering manufacturing and material defects for paintings purchased from our website. The warranty covers damage for normal use. Damage caused by incidents such as accidents or inappropriate use are not covered.
Depending on the degree of damage to the warranted painting, it will either be repaired or replaced. This warranty service is provided free of charge.
When purchasing a painting on its own, it will arrive rolled inside a secure tube with an extra 1.5" of white canvas on all sides so you can easily frame it in any local frame shop.
You may choose to purchase your painting framed, in which case, it will arrive "ready to hang". We offer more than 20 beautiful models, all hand finished and expertly assembled by our experienced framers.
Note that for safety reasons we can only frame up to a certain size. Once the maximum size is reached the framing option is automatically disabled.
If you are planning to frame your painting yourself,
use an existing frame, or frame it locally, you may choose to order your painting with a stretching service,
meaning that it will arrive mounted on wooden bars.
If you're considering not framing your painting at all, you may opt for a Gallery Wrap. The term Gallery Wrap refers to the way the canvas is stretched, which is by wrapping it around thick stretcher bars, about 1.5 inch thick, with the canvas being secured to the back rather than the sides of those bars.
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