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Attributed to manner of Albani, Francesco (Italian painter, 1578-1660) , Venus and Cupid

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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
Inscription front(?) 'Albani[?]'
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.
Notes

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
 

 

 

 

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