The Secrets of Venus or Aphrodite, Albrecht Dürer, and K. Bender

Text copyright © Nov 26, 2012 Dr. Elizabeth A. Garner, All Rights Reserved

Venus or Aphrodite has often been the subject of art. Often past researchers have believed that Albrecht Durer depicted Venus in some of his prints  (See Part 2 Discovering the Durer Cipher: Hidden Secrets in Plain Sight).


The nude woman - Catherine Durerin
The nude woman in this print was once thought to be Venus. We now know that the nude woman is Catherine Durerin, Albrecht’s Hungarian aunt.

Dürer also made a drawing “Venus with Cupid the Honey Thief (the 1514 pen and ink and watercolor on paper (Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna, Austria), a theme which was later depicted numerous times by Lucas Cranach and his workshop.  Cranach was one of Dürer’s competitors.

Albrecht Durer art - Venus and Cupid as the Honey Thief
A drawing done by Albrecht Dürer of Venus and Cupid as the Honey Thief

I have been fortunate to discover one of the most highly innovative and distinguished researchers on Venus in Art, M. K Bender, “a retired academic in the “hard” sciences, developing a digital Thematic Research Collection of iconography and applying a quantitative approach” (@bender_K) and I would like to bring your attention to his outstanding work at

His latest entry is “Women Artists who depicted Aphrodite/Venus (II)

From his own words: [He has compiled] “a comprehensive database (ca 24,000 records) of the iconography of Aphrodite/Venus.

I compile and publish Topical Catalogues,extracted from the database. At  present Topical Catalogues of artworks (sculptures, reliefs, paintings, frescoes, drawings, prints and illustrations) of identified artists from Italy, France, the Low Countries and from Germany, Switzerland and Central-Europe have been published: 1840 works of 649 Italian artists, 2997 works of 997 French artists, 2636 works of 728 artists of the Low Countries and 3198 works of 1506 artist of Germany, Switzerland and Central-Europe, totalling  10671 works from 3880 artists over a period of more than 500 years.

Vol.5 ‘The Eastern, Southern, Western and Northern European Venus’ will follow in 2013.”

Keep track of the latest updates of his website at

I urge all who love art history of any kind to follow K. Bender’s blog, since he keeps publishing extraordinary insights, which he is able to make from the detailed databases that he has assembled. One of his most successful posts is “Cybernetics and art history: an odd relation?” wonderful reading.

Enjoy K. Bender’s magnificent work!


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