San Antonio Museum or Art

Trinity Lennox Seminar Series: Landscapes of Venus by Bettina Bergmann, Mount Holyoke College

Lectures


Tuesday, October 2, 2012
7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Trinity University, Ruth Taylor Recital Hall

Price: Free.

Bettina Bergman, Mount Holyoke College

Venus appears as a voluptuous, bejeweled nude in ancient Roman art. Many of her statues suggest an original display near water or amidst greenery. In frescoes and mosaics, the goddess is surrounded by aquatic features, fragrant herbs and flowers, and chirping birds. These natural elements, though rarely noticed, manifest Venus’s divine presence as surely as her female form. They rouse the senses of the viewer. The lecture explores the landscapes of Venus both in Roman art and in the actual siting of her sanctuaries.