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Venus Through Art Through the development of art , the fascination of the female body has been a main motif . It is Venus , Roman Goddess of love who has intrigued the artist , and held their attention for well over a few centuries . She has been not only Venus , but also Aphrodite (the Greek Goddess of Love , she has been Mary , mother of Christ in Gothic tradition and she had been found in the countless faces of women depicted by Picasso , Monet , Degas , Warhol (for isn 't Monroe a goddess . The link in these references is that this goddess , whomever she is , is holding the fascination of male artist . This is not to say that female artists have not taken up the trend which she invokes , but the purpose here is to discover how differently she is seen through their eyes in comparison with male visions of 'love . Earlier in the semester , there have been studies of females presenting viewers with their view of femininity . Here , however , there will be a close-up on females through the eyes of the other gender . With this premise , the art being focused on will cover the art periods of High Renaissance , Romanticism , Impressionism , Mannerism , Schiele 's unique style of art , and Modern art . These chose eras embody a progression of female as the centerpiece in art , and that centerpiece delineates through time into Pearlsteins vision of nudes . Venus , Aphrodite , Mary , and the genre of today have in common the powerful feminine pulchritude , which artists have found alluring and which still prevails for today 's audiences .Agnolo Bronzino "Allegory of Venus " Bronzino pulls back a curtain of a painting to present two lovers . The canvas is crowded with images , people , and action . This is juxtaposed with the fact that as much as action as is happening in the scene , the bodies of the activists remain marble white and not pinkish . This deadness is intriguing considering that the subject of the piece is love "Father Time tears back the curtain from Fraud in the upper left-hand corner to uncover Venus and Cupid in an incestuous embrace , to the delight of Folly , who is armed with roses , and the dismay of Jealousy , who tears her hair , as Pleasure , half-woman and half-snake , proffers a honeycomb (Janson 486 . The playfulness of the painting reveals love as a foolish occupation , for in the upper left corner of the painting are two figures representing fraud , infidelity , and jealousy . All of these things are what love turns into with time - Bronzino is reflecting . For in the opposite corner...