Art History in “Big Time” by Peter Gabriel

Starting at 3:07, you will see that Gabriel’s version of “Heaven” has figures from Sandro Botticelli’s Birth of Venus/Primavera and Agnolo Bronzino’s Venus, Cupid, Folly, and Time. Of course, the filmmakers would use Venus as an allegory for a song about desiring wealth and succeeding at life, for the goddess stood for the same values. Also, this is another instance of Peter Gabriel interacting with Venus.

However, there is another trio in that photomontage that could signify Venus with two Cupids, but I could not find the original artwork that helped inspire this spinning collage. Anyone who recognizes this mystery piece, please leave the title in the comment section.

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