Aug 19, 2020
Aug 19, 2020

Venus at the Forge of Vulcan

Venus at the Forge of Vulcan

18th century

Louis Félix de La Rue

(French, 1731-1777)

Pen and brown ink, and brown wash (bistre) with red chalk and traces of graphite

Sheet: 19.6 x 32.2 cm (7 11/16 x 12 11/16 in.); Overall: 19.9 x 32.6 cm (7 13/16 x 12 13/16 in.)

Bequest of Muriel Butkin 2017.212



Venus, the goddess of love, descends on a cloud into the forge of Vulcan, the god of fire and metalworking. This scene illustrates an episode from Virgil’s Aeneid in which Venus has come to collect the suit of armor she asked Vulcan to make for her son, Aeneas. Several putti on the left play with the finished product.

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