|Title||Venus and Cupid|
|Collection||Bowes Museum, Barnard Castle|
|Artist||Attributed to manner of Albani, Francesco (Italian painter, 1578-1660)|
|Date Earliest||possibly about 1600|
|Date Latest||possibly about 1860|
|Description||In this oval painting, Venus reclines holding the golden apple awarded 'to the fairest' by the shepherd Paris in recognition of her superiority over the goddesses Juno and Minerva. Her son Cupid holds the pair of doves, her attribute. This might be a late copy after the Venus and Cupid by the Bolognese painter Francesco Albani now in the Wallace Collection.|
|Current Accession Number||O.267|
|Former Accession Number||Douz.149|
|Subject||mythology (Venus, Cupid); animal (dove)|
|Measurements||114.5 x 132 cm (estimate)|
|Material||oil on canvas|
|Acquisition Details||Bequeathed by the founders John and Joséphine Bowes 1885.|
According to museum records, the painting is signed 'Albani' (unconfirmed).
The subject and the oval format recall Venus and Cupid by Albani in the Wallace Collection (inv. P642).
|Rights Owner||The Bowes Museum, Barnard Castle, Co. Durham|
|Author||Dr Mercedes Cerón|