The Cleveland Museum of Art

Collection Online as of February 21, 2024

Hymn to Venus

Hymn to Venus

c. 1760–65
Location: not on view

Did You Know?

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.
  • ?-1990
    (C. and J. Goodfriend, New York, NY)
    Muriel Butkin [1916-2008], Shaker Heights, OH
    December 2, 2019
    The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH
  • {{cite web|title=Hymn to Venus|url=false|author=Louis Felix de la Rue|year=c. 1760–65|access-date=21 February 2024|publisher=Cleveland Museum of Art}}

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