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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

Made in Madrid, Spain, Europe

c. 1765

Oil on canvas

27 3/16 × 34 5/16 inches (69.1 × 87.2 cm)

Curatorial Department:
European Painting

* Gallery 383, European Art 1500-1850, third floor

Accession Number:
Cat. 287

Credit Line:
John G. Johnson Collection, 1917

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Venus, 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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