The Crucified Venus is an expression of Norman Lindsay’s belief that Christianity is a repressive force: clerics and puritans are shown nailing up the goddess of love. The drawing was shown in Melbourne in 1913, provoking such hostility and debate that it was first removed from, and then reinstated in, the exhibition. It was later destroyed in a fire.
A preparatory pencil sketch for The Crucified Venus was on show in Glorious Days, on loan from the Norman Lindsay Gallery, National Trust of Australia (NSW).
Norman Lindsay, Australian Dictionary of Biography
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