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Venus and Cupid with a Honeycomb (1531 ca.) oil on wood cm. 169x67 | Lucas Cranach

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Around 1531, Cranach (a leading painter of the german Renaissance, who had trained in Flemish studios) painted a Venus draped in a trasparent veil gazing directly at the spectator, whose refined flowing lines are far-removed from the style of ancient statues. The fine brushwork captures every wrinkle in the bark of the tree and every feather in the wings. Cranach decided to accompany his nude figure with a moralizing couplet by the Humanist Chelidonius which reminds us that voluptas is transitory and accompained by pain, as the little Cupid realizes when he tastes the honeycomb with its stinging bees.
Guide to the Galleria Borghese
K. H. Fiore
Paperback, 16,5x23 cm, pp. 128, 141 col. ill.
€ 14,00

The volume introduces Cardinal Scipione Borghese's outstanding collection of art. The works exhibited in this fine 17th-century building include paintings and sculptures from the 15th to 18th century (Raphael, Correggio and Caravaggio), sculptures (Bernini), bas-reliefs and mosaics.
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