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.
- Cornelis Cornelisz.
- Venus, Cupid and Ceres
- Netherlands (Artist's nationality)
- Oil on canvas
- 96.7 × 109.2 cm (38 × 43 in.)
- Old Masters Society Fund