Arts Everyday Living: The Art of Deciphering a Painting—An Early American Venus

Raphaelle Peale, Venus Rising from the Sea–A Deception, c. 1822, oil on canvas, Nelson Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, Missouri

I’m taking a few days of vacation.  While I’m gone, you might want to ponder the intriguing painting, Venus Rising from the Sea–A Deception by American artist Raphaelle Peale (1774-1825), one of the country’s first still life specialists.

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