Venus and Vulcan

Giovanni Battista Tiepoloc. 1765

Philadelphia Museum of Art

Philadelphia Museum of Art

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.

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  • Title: Venus and Vulcan
  • 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