This month’s artwork is Albert Moore’s A Venus (1869).

Marte Stinis, a PhD student at the University of York supervised by Professor Elizabeth Prettejohn, writes about one of the most important paintings in York Art Gallery, by the York-born Victorian artist Albert Moore, a pioneering figure in what is often called ‘the aesthetic movement’ and a precursor of modernist formalism and abstraction.

Albert Joseph Moore (1841-1893), A Venus (detail), oil on canvas. © York Museums Trust