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  • Studio of François Boucher (1703 - 1770)
  • Venus
  • France
  • c. 1760
  • Painting
  • Oil on canvas
  • Image size: 79.2 x 138.7 cm, with curved top and bottom edges, made up to a rectangle
  • Signature: 'Boucher / 1754'
  • P423
  • Oval Drawing Room
Further Reading
  • According to the Greek poet, Hesiod, Venus was born from the foam produced by the genitals of the castrated Uranus when they were cast into the sea. She floated ashore on a scallop shell accompanied by dolphins, which are also represented in the picture. Originally the top and bottom edged were curved, indicating that the work had been painted as an overdoor. It was later made up into a rectangle. The painting probably formed a pair with P423 and would have decorated the same room. The stiffness of the figures and weak drawing suggest that the painting was mainly produced by Boucher's studio. A signature with the date 1754 were removed as a later addition in 1987 when the painting was conserved. The work is likely to have been painted later.