venus uncovered: ancient goddess of love
bbc four and bbc Worldwide
In 1914, the suffragette Mary Richardson attacked the Rokeby Venus at the National Gallery in London. But why did this painting fire such outrage? Professor Bettany Hughes embarks on a voyage of discovery to reveal the truth behind the Venus depicted in the painting, proving that this mythological figure is so much more than just an excuse for sensual nudity and chocolate-box romance.
Through ancient art, evocative myth, exciting archaeological revelations and philosophical explorations Bettany reveals how this immortal goddess endures through to the 21st century, and what her story and journey through time reveals about what matters to us as humans. Uncovering Venus - she shows us why we still need to care about this primordial companion on the human journey - and how we trivialise her power at our peril.
First broadcast on BBC Four and BBC Worldwide 2017.
Directed by Mary Cranitch, Jack McInnes. Produced by Rachel Bell, Mark Bell, Emma De'Ath.