Walter Crane

The Renaissance of Venus


Not on display

Walter Crane 1845–1915
Tempera on canvas
Support: 1384 × 1841 mm
frame: 1665 × 2140 × 128 mm
Presented by Mrs Watts by the wish of the late George Frederic Watts 1913

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Walter Crane spent his honeymoon in Italy in 1871, during which he developed a deep interest in 15th-century Italian art. Renaissance of Venus is inspired by Botticelli’s 14th century painting Birth of Venus. Like that painting it is painted with tempera, which is a medium made from coloured pigment and a binder, usually egg yolk. While Botticelli’s painting represents the goddess born from the waters in the shape of a woman, Crane’s title makes a link between his picture and Italian renaissance art. At his wife Mary's request, Crane used a male model, Alessandro di Marco, for the body of Venus.

Gallery label, January 2019

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