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The Housebook Master
Middle Rhenish, active c. 1465/1500
Venus and Her Children, from The Housebook, 1475-1485
pen and ink with watercolor and metal leaf
Collection of the Princes of Waldburg-Wolfegg


detail images

Planets: Venus

Venus gallops across the sky flanked by the zodiacal signs for Libra and Taurus. The Housebook describes Venus as glowing with love and her children as genuinely happy. Some are rich and others poor, but they all enjoy playing musical instruments, singing, dancing, and love-making. The children of Venus have well-formed mouths and eyebrows, round faces, and graceful bodies -- and they are often unchaste.

Related Works
1. Master E.S., The Knight and the Lady
2. Wenzel von Olmutz after The Housebook Master, The Lovers
3. The Housebook Master (?), Garden of Love
4. The Housebook Master (?), Pond House
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