Hymn to Venus

c. 1760–65
Location: not on view
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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.


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.
Hymn to Venus

Hymn to Venus

c. 1760–65

Louis Felix de la Rue

(French, 1731–1765)
France, 18th century

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