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Paolo Veronese is a bright representative of the Venetian school of painting. There were many famous artists. Paolo Veronese stood out among them. He created many paintings on mythological themes. The bright, expressive, extraordinarily beautiful canvas “Mars and Venus” is a masterpiece recognized throughout the world.
The picture is also different in that it has many names. These are “Mars and Venus bound by love”, “Mars seducing Venus”, “Venus and Mars bound by Cupid” and many others. The artist painted in the seventies of the 16th century. Now it is on display in the New York Metropolitan Museum of Art.
There is speculation that this painting was commissioned by Veronese Rudolph II, the emperor, by the day he was to be crowned. The picture reveals a mythological plot in which the main characters are the gods of the ancient world. In the central part of the canvas, Mars and Venus, Amur perched at her feet.
Mars, courageous, militant, passionate in battle, here, next to Venus, beautiful, extremely feminine, erotically attractive, calm, even meek, thoughtful. And Cupid fastens their love union, tying their legs with silk ribbon. All the characters in the picture, the horse, Cupid, Satyr and the main characters are the majestic hymn of Love.
The horse here is a symbol of passion, Cupid is the deity of Love in ancient Greek mythology, Satyr, symbolizing lust, the stone holds tightly in itself, so that Satyr does not interfere with the pure feeling of love of Mars and Venus.
Everything in this picture is breathing sublime love. A cupid with a sword stands in front of a horse (low-lying passion), not letting her in love, a satyr (lust) does not let a stone, which seemed to have absorbed a servant of Bacchus. However, erotic sensuality is felt not only in the naked Venus. Her beautiful femininity is emphasized by a pearl thread in blond hair, a pearl necklace on her neck, gold bracelets on both hands.
The viewer literally perceives, feels the lively silk smoothness of the horse, the weight of the cloak hanging from the shoulder of Mars, the warmth of white marble is felt. Tender emanates from the affectionate gesture of Venus (her hand rests calmly on the shoulder of Mars).
Paolo Veronese, this Master, and here painted the spirit of a luxurious, abundant, prosperous Venice, a holiday city with its famous carnivals, feasts of the 16th century.
Antoine Watteau Gilles