Venus and Cupid in a Chariot

Venus and Cupid in a Chariot



(Italian, 1591-1666)

Pen and brown ink and brush and brown wash over red chalk

Support: Cream(3) laid paper

Sheet: 25.5 x 39.4 cm (10 1/16 x 15 1/2 in.)

Dudley P. Allen Fund 1925.1188


This preparatory drawing is a study for one of Guercino's earliest major projects, the painted decoration at the Casa Pannini in his native town of Cento. Here we see Venus and Cupid in a chariot pulled by doves.

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