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The Birth of Venus.
London: J. Boydell 1778 - Stipple by George Sigmund Facius and Johann Gottlieb Facius (b. 1750), on watermarked laid paper. James Barry’s interpretation of Venus Anadyomene, one of the iconic motifs of classical art. A naked Venus/Aphrodite, the goddess of love and fertility, steps ashore from the sea through clouds, raising both hands to wring out her hair (as per artistic convention). A pair of doves to the left, with an infant Cupid upper right and horses and dolphins in the water behind; the whole in an oval. According to Greek mythology, Aphrodite was born as an adult woman from the sea. Barry, a history and portrait painter and printmaker of Irish origin, exhibited his painting of Venus Anadyomene at the Royal Academy in 1772 as ‘Venus Rising from the Sea’. It was to become his most reproduced work. CONDITION: Lacking margins, otherwise generally good. In highly decorative gilt frame. SIZE: 355 x 265mm, 14 x 10½ ins (paper). 400 x 315mm framed. REF: See BM 1876,0708.2489 for a proof impression before title.
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