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Lowinsky studied at the Slade School of Art, London and had his first solo exhibition at the Leicester Galleries, London, in 1926. He liked to paint very detailed imaginative compositions inspired by the Bible or classical mythology, of which this is a major example. In Renaissance paintings Venus is usually depicted rising naked and triumphant from a large sea-shell floating on the surface of the sea. Instead, Lowinsky has decided to portray Venus in a rather withdrawn mood, seated within a large shell, which appears to be resting on the sea floor.

September 2004