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The Triumph of Venus

Alessandro Magnascoabout 1720 - 1730

The J. Paul Getty Museum

The J. Paul Getty Museum

At the right, Venus, the goddess of love, rides in a processional chariot, assisted by blindfolded putti. Nymphs, satyrs, and other figures run, blow trumpets, or lie in languid poses on the ground. In the background, ghost-like figures swirl or lounge in front of an eerie landscape. Alessandro Magnasco painted his figures with nervous brushstrokes, adding an electric energy to the uninhibited revelry taking place amid elaborate ancient ruins.

Magnasco probably painted this canvas and its pendant, Bacchanale, while in Milan early in his career. His collaborator Clemente Spera probably painted the architectural views.

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  • Title: The Triumph of Venus
  • Creator: Alessandro Magnasco
  • Date: about 1720 - 1730
  • Physical Dimensions: 118.1 x 148.6 cm (46 1/2 x 58 1/2 in.)
  • External Link: Find out more about this object on the Museum website.
  • Medium: Oil on canvas
  • Source Credit Line: The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles
  • Object Type: Painting
  • Object Status: Permanent Collection
  • Number: 78.PA.2
  • Display Location: Currently on view at: Getty Center, Museum East Pavilion, Gallery E103
  • Department: Paintings
  • Culture: Italian
  • Classification: Paintings

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