Venus and Cupid warming themselves (Venus frigida)

Peter Paul Rubensc. 1610-20

Dulwich Picture Gallery

Dulwich Picture Gallery
London, United Kingdom

The subject is taken from a saying quoted by Terence ('The Eunuch', 732): 'Sine Baceho et Cererefriget Venus' ('Without Bacchus and Ceres, Venus grows cold'). DPG165 seems to be a sketch for a picture in the Akademie der bildenden Künste Vienna. Both were published by Müller-Hofstede in 1967 as Rubens, but the attribution is not generally accepted.


  • Title: Venus and Cupid warming themselves (Venus frigida)
  • Date: c. 1610-20
  • Physical Dimensions: w466 x h355 cm
  • Type: Painting
  • Medium: Oil
  • Work Notes: Probably a copy of the original modello for the larger picture in the Adademie Vienna. Apart from this Rooses records another picture in the de Dom collection in 1878, perhaps identical with one in the Weustenberg collection, Berlin.
  • Work Nationality: Flemish
  • Support: Panel
  • Provenance: London, Sir Francis Bourgeois, 1811; Bourgeois Bequest, 1811.
  • Follower of: Rubens, Sir Peter Paul
  • Acquisition Method: Bourgeois, Sir Peter Francis (Bequest, 1811)

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