Trompe l'Oeil with a Bust of Venus

Caesar van Everdingen1665


Den Haag, Netherlands

This is a trompe-l’oeil, or trick of the eye. It is supposed to look as if a marble bust of Venus has been placed above the door. In order to mislead the viewer, some ‘real’ details have been added: a pink shawl and wreaths of periwinkle.

This Venus formed a pair with a bust of Adonis (now in Cape Town). They are the only two still-lifes by the history painter Van Everdingen, and they probably hung in his home.


  • Title: Trompe l'Oeil with a Bust of Venus
  • Creator: Everdingen, Caesar van
  • Date Created: 1665
  • Physical Dimensions: h74 cm x w60.8 cm
  • Provenance: Estate of the painter, Alkmaar, 1678; sale Amsterdam, De Leth, 26 September 1763, lot 50 or 51; sale London, Christie’s, 18 February 1927, lot 131, to Warner; W.S. Traill, Bushmills Antrim, Ireland; sale London, 6 February 1936, lot 115, to Bloch; Vitale Bloch, London, 1936; Mr A. Staring, Vorden, 1939-1980; bequeathed to his widow, Mrs J.H.M. Staring-de Mol van Otterloo, Vorden, 1980; gift of Mrs J.H.M. Staring-de Mol van Otterloo, Vorden, 1992
  • Type: painting; oil
  • Medium: canvas

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