Venus, the goddess of love, is persuading her estranged husband Vulcan, god of fire and blacksmith to the gods, to make a set of armor for her son Aeneas. The classical subject, which comes from the Aeneid by the Roman poet Virgil, was popular in paintings from the Renaissance onward.


  • Title: Venus and Vulcan
  • Creator Lifespan: 1696/1770
  • Creator Nationality: Italian (active Venice, Udine, Würzburg, and Madrid)
  • Creator Gender: Male
  • Creator Death Place: Madrid, Spain
  • Creator Birth Place: Venice, Italy
  • Date: c. 1765
  • Physical Dimensions: w34.33 x h27.19 in (Overall)
  • Provenance: John G. Johnson Collection, 1917
  • Type: Paintings
  • Rights: © 2014 Philadelphia Museum of Art. All rights reserved.
  • External Link: Philadelphia Museum of Art
  • Medium: Oil on paper on canvas
  • Description: Sketch for the ceiling of the Salón de Alabarderos, Palacio Real, Madrid
  • Artist/Maker: Giovanni Battista Tiepolo, Italian (active Venice, Udine, Würzburg, and Madrid) 1696 - 1770

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