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Venus and Cupid
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Venus and Cupid


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Description Venus, bearing a torch, is represented nude except for a cape hung around her shoulders, together with her attending son, Cupid, who with his right hand covers the nudity of his mother. Both figures stand on a scroll base under a fanciful canopy flanked by two pairs of flaming hearts and two doves. Two other birds flutter above the smoke rising from the flaming hearts. At left and right are grotesque monsters and snails. Below the cartouche, two old winged satyrs squat obscenely. A globe is beneath them. At the top of the canopy is a grotesque cherub mask. Above the head of Venus is the signature I. C.
Provenance William T. / Henry Walters Collection, Baltimore [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Credit Acquired by William T. or Henry Walters

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Period
ca. 1560 (Renaissance)
Medium
painted translucent and semi-opaque enamel on foils on copper
(Enamels)
Accession Number
44.352
Measurements
H: 5 1/8 x W: 4 in. (13 x 10.2 cm)
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Location Within Museum
Not On View

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