The Most-Used Cover Image?
Have you ever wondered which single image has appeared on the greatest number of books? According to the Caustic Cover Critic blog, Diego Velázquez’s ‘Rokeby Venus’ has been widely used on various covers excluding the many other Valazquez focused books which also make use of it.
The Rokeby Venus depicts the goddess Venus in a sensual pose, lying on a bed and looking into a mirror held by her son Cupid. The painting currently resides in the National Gallery in London.
Here are just a few book covers which feature the painting:
- The Forgery of Venus – Michael Gruber
- Kings & Connoisseurs – Jonathan Brown
- In Praise of Older Women – Stephen Vizinczey
- The Female Nude: Art, Obscenity & Sexuality – Lynda Nead
- What Great Paintings Say – Taschen
- Venus At Her Mirror – Andreas Prater
- Blue Guide Museums & Galleries of London
- The King Amaz’d: A Chronicle – Gonzalo Torrente Ballester
- Desde el divan – Irvin D. Yalom
- Writing for the Eyes in the Spanish Golden Age – Frederick A. de Armas