Lucas Cranach the Elder 1472- 1553

Venus and Cupid

Details

Artist

Lucas Cranach the Elder 1472- 1553

Title

Venus and Cupid

Date

About 1525

Medium

Oil on beechwood panel

Dimensions

39 x 26 cm

Reference

CVCSC:0339.N

Collection

Northern European

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This painting is one of the earliest of Cranach’s smaller depictions of this popular subject. Nudes did not appear significantly in Cranach’s work until at least 1520, but thereafter many mythological, biblical and historical characters emerge, and representations of the female nude are amongst the most coveted of his works. Examination by infra-red has shown that Venus was originally painted wearing a large crimson hat, now covered by the brown curtain behind her head.

Lucas Cranach the Elder Venus and Cupid About 1525 © Compton Verney

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