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THE CHILDREN OF VENUS IN LATE MEDIEVAL AND RENAISSANCE ICONOGRAPHY (SCHIFANOIA, MANUSCRIPT ILLUSTRATION, ART HISTORY, COSSA, ASTROLOGY).


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Images of a planetary Venus reigning over those men and women believed to have been born under her influence, her "children", can be traced to the beginning of the fifteenth century in Italy and in France. Typically, they show Venus seated in the sky above scenes of music- and love-making, since astrological doctrine placed these activities under her patronage. These earliest examples of the artistic theme owe a heavy debt to the descriptions and illustrations of courtly love found in romance poetry.