• Venus and Cupid

    Artist:
    Diaz de la Peña, Narcisse Virgile. 1807-1876
    Technique:
    oil
    Dimensions:
    91,5x64 cm

Diaz de la Peña, Narcisse Virgile. 1807-1876

Venus and Cupid

France, 1857

Diaz de la Pena, a Spaniard by origin and a prominent representative of the Barbizon School, produced pictures mainly on Oriental subjects. His idyllically pastoral paintings depicting Venus and Cupid were a great success at the Paris Salons. The sentimental and lyrical treatment of the subject and the peculiarities of the artist's painterly manner betray the influence of the Old Masters and his predecessors, such as Correggio and Prud'hon. It was no accident that the artist's contemporaries called him the "Barbizon Correggio". Diaz's compositions with large figures are marked by subtle modelling of forms, soft chiaroscuro, rich colour scheme and velvety paint texture.

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Venus and Cupid

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oil

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91,5x64 cm

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Entered the Hermitage in 1922; transferred from the Kushelevskaya Gallery of the Academy of Fine Arts

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ГЭ-3861

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