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  • Venus, Faun and Putti

    Artist:
    Poussin, Nicolas. 1594-1665
    Technique:
    oil
    Dimensions:
    72x56 cm

Poussin, Nicolas. 1594-1665

Venus, Faun and Putti

France, Early 1630s

In the mid-1630s Poussin produced lyrical canvases on mythological subjects. The Hermitage painting is devoted to one of the favourite themes in 17 th-century art ? the struggle between exalted and common love, which the artist treats in a highly original manner. Poussin presents the ancient goddess of love in the guise of Venus Pandemos, the embodiment of earthly love. In Antiquity, and later in the Middle Ages and Renaissance, Venus Pandemos was depicted flying through the heavens on a goat that symbolized base passions. The goddess sits on a she-goat to travel the skies in the company of cupids. At her feet a cupid crowned with a laurel wreath is gaining the upper hand in a struggle with a little satyr. Figures of fighting putti reveal the main meaning of the depiction: common love that Venus serves is, in the guise of the satyr, being defeated. That is why the goddess is looking unhappily at the combat, foreseeing its outcome. Such a treatment of the subject was in keeping with the lofty ideals of an artist who believed that exalted love should reign in the world.

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Venus, Faun and Putti

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oil

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72x56 cm

Acquisition date:

Entered the Hermitage in 1772; acquired from the collection of L.A. Crozat, Baron de Thiers in Paris

Inventory Number:

ГЭ-1178

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