Art from the 17th Century is by all means more difficult for us to relate to, than earlier or later eras, as it is often crowded with the most elaborate allegories.
This small piece is an exception! Simple, streamlined, vivid, it has charm and beauty.
Venus is in the sky above stormy clouds and is flying in a cart led by Cupid and 2 doves.
They are ascending to the sun. Probably to meet Zeus and other Greek Gods on Mount Olympus
Venus is holding an apple.
This is one of the 3 apples that were presented to Paris by the three Goddesses, and Venus is the one he has already chosen, or will soon choose, leading him to fall in love with Helen and to wage the war of Troy.
The nude is beautiful, well proportioned, with flowing hair, shown half sitting and from the side, which I find particularly elegant!
The ornate details of Venus' seat, with ethereal stoles and a profusion of roses, are exquisite.
Cupid is charming, and the background, though typical of the time, well composed, with the characters ascending against a vibrant array of sun rays.
A star is in the sky, which resembles the modern star of David, but since this is so early in European History, it is very likely used as a decorative motif.
The work was engraved after Gerard De Lairesse, a very famous Dutch painter of the time, and can be dated circa 1680
A small but VERY precious piece, timeless and really beautiful.
MEASUREMENTS: Length: 7". Width: 5 1/4"
CONDITION: Excellent for its age.
Will be shipped "Registered" from Paris including insurance and signature at delivery.
Please check out my other delightful 17th Century piece: "The King and Queen of China"
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