Venus was the Roman goddess of beauty and sensual love. She was regarded by the Romans as the foundress of their people through her son, Aeneas, who survived the fall of Troy and fled to Italy. Venus was central to many religious festivals, and was venerated in Roman religion under numerous cult titles.
The goddess was one of the most popular subjects of paintings during the the Renaissance period in Europe. As the embodiment of love and sexuality amongst the Roman gods, a degree of erotic beauty in her presentation was justified, which appealed to many artists and their patrons.
Other pop songs titled after the Roman goddess include Frankie Avalon's 1959 chart-topper, "Venus
" about someone praying to the goddess to send him a woman who is basically her human equivalent. Also named after the Roman deity was Shocking Blue's 1969 hit tune
about a "goddness (sic) on the mountain top," which was later covered with success by Bananarama.