The painting shows Venus having caught Cupid´s arrow from his bow. Although the scene bears a resemblence to Flori´s Venus and Cupid in the Uffizi Gallery in Florence, there is a distinct difference in the level of passion. The Hallwyl painting is a study of a slightly disinterested reclining nude accompanied by an almost truculent Cupid; the Uffizi Venus longingly, but yet with a surprised look upon her face, embraces and kisses the small, red cheeked Cupid. The paining is signed F.F.


  • Title: Venus and Cupid
  • Creator: Frans (Floris) de Vriendt
  • Tags: Flemish, Antwerp school
  • Provenance: Wilhelmina von Hallwyl, Berlin 1919
  • Physical Dimensions: w420 x h295 mm (Without frame)
  • Painter: Frans (Floris) de Vriendt
  • Artist info: Frans Floris started out as a sculptor, which was his father´s occupation, but turned to painting directly after his father´s death in 1538. As a painter Floris developed into one of the most influential artists in Flanders in the mid 16th century. It is rumoured that he had more than one hundred pupils during his lifetime, one of them Abraham Bloemaert who, in turn, taught Cornelis van Poelenburgh, Hendrik Terbruggen, Jan Baptist Weenix and many other well known masters.
  • Type: Oil on panel
  • External Link: Image DIG 4485

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