Aphrodite’s chariot being drawn by Eros and Himeros

In Hesiod’s Theogony, Eros emerged after Chaos, Gaia (Earth), and Tartarus (abyss). Image: Chariot of Aphrodite drawn by Eros and Himeros, Athenian red-figure hydria C5th B.C., National Etruscan Museum

The Athenian red-figure hydria dated to the 5th century BC depicts the chariot of Aphrodite being drawn by Greek deities Eros and Himeros. Aphrodite, the goddess of love and beauty, is shown standing in the chariot, while Eros and Himeros, the gods of love and desire, respectively, pull the chariot. The scene is rich in symbolism, representing the power of love to both unite and divide people. The artwork is currently housed at the National Etruscan Museum.

Housed in the Villa Giulia in Rome, Italy, the National Etruscan Museum is dedicated to the culture and art of the Etruscan civilization. The museum was founded in the late 19th century and houses one of the largest collections of Etruscan art in the world, including sculptures, jewelry, pottery, and other artifacts from the ancient civilization that inhabited central Italy from the 8th to the 3rd century BC. The museum also includes exhibits on the cultures that preceded and succeeded the Etruscans in the region. The collection is considered to be one of the most important and comprehensive collections of Etruscan art and artifacts in the world.