Photographer's Note

Venus - Sacro Bosco - Bomarzo (VT)

The Sacro Bosco, better known as the Park of Monsters for the presence of grotesque sculptures scattered in a surreal landscape, is the oldest sculpture park in the modern world.
It was designed by the architect Pirro Ligorio, famous for completing St. Peter's after Michelangelo's death, commissioned by Prince Pier Francesco Orsini, known as Vicino.
Orsini had the park "Sol to vent the heart" built and dedicated it to the memory of his beloved wife, Giulia Farnese, not to be confused with the more famous and dissolute concubine of Pope Alexander VI Borgia of the same name.
The female deity, interpreted by some as the Egyptian Isis, most likely depicts the Greek Roman Goddess Venus. She is placed inside a vaulted room, of which today the left side is totally missing and the roof, which collapsed over the years, is placed above a shell. It has a hole in the navel from where in the past a jet of water had to gush. Other similar holes were arranged all around the statue so that the image was completely immersed in a veil of water that flowed over it and filled a basin at the foot of the statue. She is dressed like an ancient Roman matron, but she has the features of the women of Tuscia.

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  • Copyright: Silvio Sorcini (Silvio1953) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 20063 W: 130 N: 42347] (222889)
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