Cupid Drawing His Bow

Cupid Drawing His Bow

c. 1560s

Federico Barocci

(Italian, 1528-1612)

Black chalk with pastel (stumped in places), heightened with white chalk, squared with black chalk; framing lines in graphite

Support: Gray-green laid paper, laid down on cream(3) wove paper

Sheet: 42.4 x 27.2 cm (16 11/16 x 10 11/16 in.)

Dudley P. Allen and Delia E. Holden Funds 1969.70



This drawing appears to have been made in preparation for a picture representing Venus seated in the heavens with Cupid on her knee as he draws his bow to aim at an unsuspecting mortal below. Some scholars have questioned the authorship of this drawing, but its similarity to other early sheets by the artist suggests that it was indeed made by Barocci.

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