Here is a little drawing I made in the plane. I took the inspiration of the work of Alexandre Cabanel « The Birth of Venus ».
HISTORY: APHRODITE THE MYTH
In Greek mythologie she was named as Aphrodite the goddess of beauty and love. The roman changed it for Venus. At the beginning of the world, there were these gods: Chaos, Gaia (earth), Tartarus, Eros (cupid), Erebus and Night. Then came Uranus (Heavens) and Pontos (sea). The relation af Gaia and Uranus gave birth to the Titans, the Cyclopes and the Hecatoncheires.Uranus imprisonned the Cyclopes and the Hecatoncheires in the body of Gaia (in the Earth.) Gaia got enraged and tried to pursuade the Titans to fight their father. But only Cronus did it and cut the Genitals of Uranus and it fell in the sea. XD
And it is how Aphrodite / Venus came to life in the sea.
There is a myth that say that there were in fact two Aphrodites : The first one is more spiritual and pure and represent the feeling of love. The second one represent more the desire and physical satisfaction.
Aphrodite had many lovers like Hephaestus (or Vulcan) and Mars. It is said that Venus had her relation with Mars when she was with Hephaestus and that he discoveried it by the god of light and imprisonned the couple with a special nest that he made and exposed them to the hilarity of the public. It is also said that Cupid is the son of Mars and Aphrodite. She had also a relation with Adonis, a beautiful mortal born of a girl and her father. After the judgement of Zeus, he had to pass 1/3 of the year with Persephone (or Proserpina), and other 1/3 with Aphrodite and the final 1/3 with who ever he wanted. But he was killed by a boar sent by a furious Artemis the twin of the god Apollo.
In Homer’s work, after a fight with Athena and an other goddess, she made Helen of Troy fall in love with Paris, wath began the war of Troy.
At the beginning, Venus was represented with clothes but an artist form Athens began the tradition of doing Aphrodite as a nude woman. Julius Cesar made a great temple in honor of Venus who was really popular and respected. She is also popular in many artist’s works.