Italian School c. 1660 Venetian School - Sleeping Venus with Cupid
Italian School c. 1660
Sleeping Venus with Cupid
Oil on canvas (relined). 75 x 130 cm.
This “Sleeping Venus” has not yet been assigned an author. The motif, with the goddess here depicted life-sized in an elongated landscape format, derives from the works of 16th century Venetian artists such as Giorgone and Titian. Paris Bordone also painted this motif, and the present work was formerly attributed to him. Pietro Liberi and Antonio Bellucci later picked up the subject again in the 17th century, and the vivid palette and delicate contours of the present work allow it to be placed in the circle of these Venetian artists.
The Baumgärtner collection, Leipzig. - The Martin Schubart collection, Munich. - The former sold by Hugo Helbing, Munich 23. 10.1899, p. 29 (attr. to Paris Bordone, includes auction catalogue).
G. Parthey, Deutscher Bildersaal, vol. I, Berlin 1863, p. 146, no. 19 (as Paris Bordone).