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Venus and Cupid
  • Adriaen van der Werff (1659 - 1722)
  • Venus and Cupid
  • Netherlands
  • 1716
  • Painting
  • Oil on oak panel
  • Image size: 45.1 x 33.4 cm
  • Signature: 'Cher / vr Werff / 1716'
  • P151
  • East Galleries III
Further Reading
  • Venus and Cupid is characteristic of the painter’s late, meticulous style, with exaggeratedly slender nude figures. Venus warns Cupid not to fire his arrows thoughtlessly, and extends a finger at him to further emphasise her point. The work is typical of Van der Werff’s small-scale lightly erotic subjects which he painted for the open market towards the end of his career.