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Venus and Cupid
Venus and Cupid Venus and Cupid

By Gerrit van Honthorst

Venus and Cupid
Venus and Cupid Venus and Cupid

Cupid has placed his hand on Venus’s breast and holds her chin: suggestive gestures. Venus, who lies in bed, accepts the intimacies with a dazzling smile. But she is turning to the viewer. She makes an inviting gesture with her hand, as if she is asking whether the viewer wants to join them. This Venus may also have been intended as an encouragement in the connubial bedroom. For a long time the painting was thought to be by Roeloff van Zijl, but nowadays it is attributed to the Utrecht-born painter Gerard van Honthorst or one of his workshop assistants.

Year

1625

Material

oil on canvas

Dimensions

114 x 94 cm (44 7/8 x 37 inch)

Credit

Frans Hals Museum, photo: Margareta Svensson

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