Venus Verticordia

Venus Verticordia

Venus invoked to make women pure once more. [Rom. Myth.: Brewer Dictionary, 1126]
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Clockwise from top: Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema (1836-1912) Tepidarium 1882; Dante Gabriel Rossetti (1828-82) Venus Verticordia 1864-8; Herbert Draper (1863-1920) The Lament for Icarus 1898; Herbert Draper (1863-1920) The Gates of Dawn 1900; Frederic, Lord Leighton (1830-1896) The Fisherman and the Siren c.
Given the choice, I would rather have the lovely Venus Verticordia hanging on my wall than one of Tracey Emin's scrawls.
As Venus Verticordia, for example, she was charged with the protection of chastity in women and girls.
Munch's Madonna is nude, but the glimpse of a nipple in Rossetti's Venus Verticordia is highly unusual, this being one of the only two nudes among his completed paintings.