[Venus at the forge of Vulcan.]
Engraving. 590 x 680mm (23¼ x 26¾"). On board.
Venus at the forge of Vulcan, reclining at the right with Vulcan lying beside her. Her putti are at work forging arrows, while in the background practicing their marksmanship. Diana is depicted, lying on a cloud in the top right corner accompanied by two nymphs. The second in a a series of four paintings commissioned by Ferdinando Gonzaga for the villa Favorita, Mantua, executed between 1621 and 1633. In 1672 Paolo Francesco Falconieri commissioned Etienne Baudet to engrave this set: the engravings were sent to French Minister Louvois, prompting Louis XIV to acquire the paintings in 1684, which are now in the Louvre.
[Ref: 31133] £360.00