Simone Cantarini (Artist)

Mars, Venus and Cupid

Mars, Venus and Cupid by Simone Cantarini

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The painting of Mars, Venus and Cupid in the National Gallery of Scotland, from which this reversed etching is made, has been attributed to both Paolo Veronese and his son, Carletto. The seventeenth-century Bolognese biographer, Malvasia notes that Cantarini also produced a painting on the same theme. At a time when the Republic of Venice was extremely powerful, it was a popular subject because it demonstrated the sway Love had over War. Here a greater emphasis is placed on Venus’ dishevelled appearance, and Mars appears more elderly than virile. (A Connoisseur's Eye: Prints from the Tomory Collection, 2005)

Mars, Venus and Cupid
Production date
circa 1638
267 x 199 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, Peter Tomory Collection, purchased 2004
Accession no
Copyright Expired
International Art
Display status
Not on display

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