I Lucas Cranach

Venus and Cupid

Venus and Cupid
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Author: I Lucas Cranach
Painting, Oil on canvas, 213x102 cm
Origin: Germany, 1509

This is the earliest north European depiction of the Ancient goddess of love nude , as well as Cranach's first work on a theme taken from Classical mythology. It combines an interest in the art of the Italian Renaissance with the spirit of German humanism and its strict religious morals. The Latin inscription, probably by one of the Wittenberg humanists who were friends of the artist, reads:

"With all your strength ward off Cupid's love of voluptuousness,

For else Venus will take over your blinded soul."

Cranach rejects colour, placing the emphasis on the modelling of the bodies, which stand out majestically against the blank, dark background. The sole touches of colour are the turquoise beads around Venus's neck and the red beads of Cupid. Venus's elongated proportions and the unique flowing contours hint at the artist's later works.

Personage: Venus
Style: Renaissance
Source of entry: Collection of Count von Bruhl, Dresden, 1769
Theme: Classical Religion and Mythology
Exibition: German Art: 15th - 18th centuries

See also

Lucas Cranach - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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Lucas Cranach the Elder
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