Poetic-erotic satyr subject. Quickly and confidently painted Titianesque picture from Poussin's early years in Rome, with which several drawings are connected. A somewhat later version of the Zurich painting is in the National Gallery in London; old copies are also known. A reference to the thematically related painting 'Sleeping Venus with Cupid' in the Gemäldegalerie Alte Meister in Dresden should not be missing here.


  • Title: Sleeping Venus Surprised by Satyrs
  • Creator: Nicolas Poussin
  • Creator Lifespan: 1594 – 1665
  • Creator Death Place: Rome, Italy
  • Creator Birth Place: Les Andelys, France
  • Date Created: c. 1625
  • Physical Dimensions: 77 x 100 cm
  • Type: painting
  • External Link: Kunsthaus Zürich, Online Collection
  • Medium: Oil on canvas
  • Art Movement: Baroque
  • Original title: Vénus endormie suprise par des satyres
  • Inventory number: 2480
  • Credit line: Kunsthaus Zürich, 1939

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