Elizabeth Torak revisited and revised Peter Paul Rubens’s masterpiece, The Feast of Venus, by changing the cast of characters and transposing the action from a garden to a kitchen. By setting the story in a kitchen, Torak alluded to Venus’s original role as a goddess of the hearth. Here are some of her preliminary sketches for the giant Feast of Venus I (oil, 60 x 108); the entire process spanned the course of four years. Read the full story about Torak’s homage to The Feast of Venus and more in The Artist’s Magazine (October 2012).
Elizabeth Torak’s husband Thomas, also an artist, painted her at work on The Feast of Venus I for his own series, Women In Art:
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