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  • Venus Consoling Cupid Stung by a Bee

    Artist:
    West, Benjamin. 1738-1820
    Technique:
    oil
    Dimensions:
    77x64 cm

West, Benjamin. 1738-1820

Venus Consoling Cupid Stung by a Bee

Great Britain, 1802 (?)

Benjamin West, born in America, settled in London at the age of 25 and went on to become court painter and President of the Royal Academy, making him the first American artist to gain an international reputation. He painted a number of works on the subject of Venus and Cupid between 1797 and 1814, basing himself on an ode by Anacreon, Wounded Cupid. Stung by a bee, Cupid complains to his mother, Venus, who embraces her child and at the same time smilingly chides him that his wound is nothing to that which he can cause with his arrows. Venus's cold, Neoclassical profile contrasts with the pretty and somewhat effeminate Cupid.

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Venus Consoling Cupid Stung by a Bee

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oil

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77x64 cm

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Entered the Hermitage in 1925; transferred from the Yusupov Palace Museum in Leningrad; formerly in the Yusupovs' collection

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ГЭ-5849

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