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A Venus at Her Mirror. The painting by Velazquez
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A Venus at Her Mirror

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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A Venus at Her Mirror

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