Feminae: Medieval Women and Gender Index


  • Title: Venus
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  • Description: A voluptuous winged Venus, accompanied by Death, leads three men wearing ass-eared fools' caps. By the fifteenth century the fool had come to represent lust. One man's cap has fallen down, revealing that that he is tonsured. By the fifteenth century writers had drawn an analogy between fools and hypocritical monks. A monkey, a donkey, and a blindfolded Cupid, symbols of lust and foolish love, stand before her.
  • Source: Wikimedia Commons
  • Rights: Public Domain
  • Subject (See Also): Apes Cupid Death Donkeys Fool Love Sebastian Brant, Author- Ship of Fools Venus (Mythological Figure)
  • Geographic Area: Germany
  • Century: 15
  • Date: ca. 1499
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  • Current Location: Basel, Universit├Ątsbibliothek, Ai II 22b:1, 17b
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  • Artistic Type (Category): Digital images; Prints
  • Artistic Type (Material/Technique): Woodcuts
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