|Painting Name||Apocalypse Venus|
|Painter Name||Patricia Watwood|
|Size||64 x 40 inches|
|Current Location||Private collection|
Patricia’s series of Venuses has become a note-worthy art-pieces for its radical depictions. Sleeping Venus is a similar work by her.
Apocalypse Venus is said to be inspired from the classic work Birth of Venus by Sandro Botticelli. If you are familiar with the classic work (and if not, then click the link to see it), you would find the similarities between Venuses in both paintings. Both are posed as the central figure and central theme of the painting.
Though, Patricia in her painting, indicating by the title, has took a radical new approach at depicting the goddess, almost taking the subject to the opposite side of the arc. While Botticelli’s work is showing, as title suggests, the birth of the goddess Venus with all the pleasant environment and auspicious symbolism included, Watwood’s Apocalypse sits on the other side of the subject, depicting a scene where goddess Venus is standing in the apocalyptic world or where apocalypse is advent.
Goddess also carries expressions which triggers curiosity about whether she is bringing upon the apocalypse or is trying to warn us. Nevertheless, it has started anyway as the dead bird at her feet shows the beginning of it.
Just like Sleeping Venus, Watwood has included broken circuit boards and wires and such random stuff indicating the modern world into the painting, along with the birds as well. Apocalypse Venus is an acute depiction with sublime message regarding to the irony of goddess of love bringing the message of destroying the world.