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'The Rokeby Venus' by Diego Velázquez

27/03/2013 12:02 pm

'The Rokeby Venus' by Diego Velázquez

Diego Velázquez 1647-51

Theme: ‘Who do we adore and love?’

In this podcast we explore the focus of Christian love, reflection and prayer. Fr James Hanvey SJ shares insights drawn from The Toilet of Venus - 'The Rokeby Venus' - painted by Diego Velázquez around 1647-51.

He says:

"Everything about this, on the one level, is about the senses and yet at another level, because Venus is looking at herself in the mirror, it’s about an interiority, it’s about reflection, it’s about a self-consciousness… It invites me, first of all, to acknowledge the beauty of the human form, our bodies are something that we can rejoice in, that we can enjoy and admire. The second level relates to this question of reflection, ‘who do we adore?’ Is Venus looking at herself in the mirror in a sort of narcissistic operation of love or is she also contemplating the beauty that is already in her?"

You can find out more about the painting by visiting the Tate Gallery's excellent website.

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Duration: 4m 43s

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'The Rokeby Venus'

Fr James Hanvey SJ shares insights drawn from The Toilet of Venus - 'The Rokeby Venus' - painted by Diego Velázquez around 1647-51.   5-hanvey-rokeby-venus.mp3 6.57 MB