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Mars, Venus and Cupid

A work made of engraving in black on cream laid paper.
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  • A work made of engraving in black on cream laid paper.

Date:

1508

Artist:

Marcantonio Raimondi
Italian, 1470/82-1527/34

About this artwork

Marcantonio Raimondi’s engraving Mars, Venus, and Cupid was one of his most sought-after works. Mars, the Roman god of war, and Venus, the goddess of love, are depicted with Cupid in front of a background inspired by Albrecht Dürer. In Roman mythology, the two gods had an affair even though Venus was married to Vulcan, the god of fire. Mars sits with his elbow on his knee as he twists his muscular body to grab Venus by the shoulder. Venus looks down and away, toward Cupid, who pushes a flaming torch, a symbol of passionate love, at her.

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Artist

Marcantonio Raimondi

Title

Mars, Venus and Cupid

Origin

Italy

Date

1508

Medium

Engraving in black on cream laid paper

Dimensions

299 × 210 mm (image); 302 × 215 mm (plate); 340 × 250 mm (sheet)

Credit Line

The Amanda S. Johnson and Marion J. Livingston Fund

Reference Number

2010.47

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