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Venus, Cupid and Ceres

A work made of oil on canvas.
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  • A work made of oil on canvas.

Date:

1604

Artist:

Cornelis Cornelisz van Haarlem
Dutch, 1562-1638

About this artwork

A newly discovered work by Cornelis Cornelisz. van Haarlem, this colorful painting interprets the ancient witticism, “Without food and drink, love grows cold.” Venus, Roman goddess of love, is joined by Cupid and Ceres, goddess of grain; Bacchus, god of wine, is present symbolically through the grapes. The supple, translucent flesh demonstrates the interest in naturalism that blossomed in Northern Europe in the late 16th and early 17th centuries, which led artists to work increasingly “from life,” that is, from observation of models.

Status

On View, Gallery 213

Department

Painting and Sculpture of Europe

Artist

Cornelis Cornelisz.

Title

Venus, Cupid and Ceres

Place

Netherlands (Artist's nationality)

Date

1604

Medium

Oil on canvas

Dimensions

96.7 × 109.2 cm (38 × 43 in.)

Credit Line

Old Masters Society Fund

Reference Number

2020.60

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