Surroundings of Lorenzo Lippi (1606-1665)
Canvas of 73 cm by 96 cm
Old frame of 92 cm by 112 cm
Very good condition
If Venus is the goddess of Love and Beauty, she has a wide range of attributes that will provide, from ancient Greece to the twentieth century, an important source of inspiration for artists, they are painters, sculptors ...
Our painting seems to show us a Mars offering to its beautiful a jewelry box in pledge of Love
Numerous iconographies have been formed around the goddess Venus through the centuries:
Heavenly Venus; Venus genetrix; Popular Venus or Venus pandemia; Venus victrix; Venus marine Venus pudica; Venus asleep or at rest and Venus at her toilet
Venus and Mars
This legend, worthy of a vaudeville, is one of the most popular of the mythology in Greece as in Rome.
The beautiful goddess Venus is the wife of Vulcan, the lame god. But she loves in secret the divinity of the War, the very virile Mars.
One morning, the Sun sees the two lovers lying side by side. He immediately warned the deceived husband. Vulcain does not answer him but, furious, decides to take revenge. For this, he makes a magic net, invisible, which he installs above the bed of his wife.
As soon as Venus is joined by Mars, the net falls and imprisons them in its mesh. The couple can not move. In vain he screamed and struggled, nothing made him. Vulcan only has to invite the other gods of Olympus to the spectacle.
All laugh at the sight of the two "fishes" and Venus then experiences the worst moment of shame of his eternity. And again: Vulcan agrees to release her with Mars, at the express request of Neptune. The goddess of Love fled to Cyprus and her lover to Thrace.