Worship of Venus
  • TitleWorship of Venus
  • Technique/ MaterialOil on canvas
  • DimensionsDimensions: (h x b) 195 x 210 cm
    Frame: (h x b x dj) 239 x 254 x 19 cm
  • Artist/Maker Artist: Peter Paul Rubens, Flemish, born 1577, dead 1640
    Free copy after: Tizian, Italian, born c. 1488 or 1490, born c. 1488 or 1490, dead 1576-08-27
  • CategoryPaintings, Paintings
  • Classificationpainting
  • Inventory No.NM 599
  • AcquisitionGift 1865 Karl XV
  • Collection Tur i kärlek
  • Description
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    A number of winged children, putti, are picking apples to honour Venus, the goddess of love, depicted as a statue. Next to her are two nymphs, female nature spirits. This is a freestanding copy of a painting by the Renaissance master Tizian (in the Prado museum of Madrid), which Rubens admired. But Rubens’ version has more life and movement and is painted in warmer tones. The entire picture is like a sparkling tribute to love.