Venus Cythereia
  • TitleVenus Cythereia
  • Technique/ MaterialOil on oak
  • DimensionsDimensions: (h x b) 130 x 156 cm
    Frame: (h x b x dj) 145 x 171 x 8 cm
  • DatingSigned 1561
  • Artist/Maker Artist: Jan Massys, Flemish, born 1509, dead 1575
  • CategoryPaintings, Paintings
  • Inventory No.NM 507
  • AcquisitionTransferred 1865 Kongl. Museum
  • ExhibitedNationalmuseum, Room 1622 16th century
  • Description
    Images and media

    The woman in this painting has been interpreted as both Venus and Flora. The carnations in the bouquet were considered a love stimulant. The flowers may also symbolise the sense of smell. The peacock represents ostentation and luxury, but is also a moral warning against the idolisation of pleasure and beauty. The elegant, sensual style reflects the court taste of France and northern Europe. In the background, the port city of Genoa can be seen.