European Painting before 1900, Johnson Collection
Sketch for "Venus and Vulcan"
Sketch for the ceiling of the Salón de Alabarderos, Palacio Real, Madrid
Giovanni Battista Tiepolo, Italian (active Venice, Udine, Würzburg, and Madrid) 1696 - 1770
Oil on paper on canvas
Cat. 287John G. Johnson Collection, 1917
LabelVenus, the goddess of love, is persuading her estranged husband Vulcan, god of fire and blacksmith to the gods, to make a set of armor for her son Aeneas. The classical subject, which comes from the Aeneid by the Roman poet Virgil, was popular in paintings from the Renaissance onward.
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