Hymn to Venus

Hymn to Venus

c. 1760-65

Louis Felix de la Rue

(French, 1731-1765)

Pen and brown ink over red chalk (?) on antique laid paper

Sheet: 38.8 x 44.2 cm (15 1/4 x 17 3/8 in.)

Bequest of Muriel Butkin 2019.253

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The verso of this drawing is covered in the artist’s calculations and notations, suggesting that he reused a sheet found in his studio to create it.

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Louis Félix de La Rue came from a family of artists and was best known for creating designs for decorative arts, such as ceramics. This sheet—which features putti and bacchantes, the artist’s preferred subjects—likely served such a purpose, given its allover composition and focus on patterning and symmetry.

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