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Venus and Cupid
  • Ascribed to Titian (1485 - 1576)
  • Venus and Cupid
  • Italy
  • c.1510 - c.1515
  • Painting
  • Oil on canvas
  • Image size: 110.5 x 138.4 cm
  • P19
  • Sixteenth Century Gallery
Commentary
History
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Further Reading
  • Theocritus’s Idylls (XIX) and Anacreon’s Odes (XL) tell how the infant Cupid was stung by a bee while stealing honey. Running to his mother, Venus, for comfort he received little sympathy, for, as Venus pointed out, he inflicted far deeper wounds on others with his bow and arrows. The picture’s poor condition makes it difficult to attribute with certainty, but it is evidently an original Venetian composition, related to Titian’s early Giorgionesque phase, c.1510-15.