High relief in carved marble depicting Venus and Cupid spied by a satyr, Neoclassical period, second half of the 18th century.
This magnificent high-relief takes from the painting of the same name by Correggio, the oldest canvas with a mythological subject by the painter, in turn inspired by the description of a bas-relief that adorned a fountain in the Hypnerotomachia Poliphili, written by Francesco Colonna, and by the engraving that accompanied that text .
Venus and her son, incarnations of eroticism, have fallen asleep completely naked, barely covered with a cloth, and such they appear when a satyr, perhaps Pan, silently discovers them. The undeniably lascivious atmosphere invites us to read the scene as an allegory of the progenitor powers of nature and the pleasures of carnal love.
Many sculptors of the Neoclassical era drew inspiration from ancient models, not only Greco-Roman.
The relief is of exquisite workmanship, preserved in its original and intact patina.
L cm 35
H cm 24
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