Venus and Mars connected by Cupid by Paolo Veronese

Venus and Mars connected by Cupid by Paolo Veronese

This painting, together with the paintings “Prudence”, “Power”, “Hercules at the Crossroads” and “Mercury in the bedroom of Hersa turns into a stone of Agalavra,” belonged to Emperor Rudolf II of Prague.

It is not known whether the emperor himself ordered this cycle, or he purchased the canvases when they were already written.

It should be noted that paintings like this one enjoyed great popularity in the courts of European monarchs. Graceful, sensual, they perfectly suited the refined atmosphere of court life. “Venus and Mars, bound by Cupid” – one of the best paintings of Veronese, his genius affected here completely.

Cupid, the winged son of Venus, binds the tender leg of the goddess of love and the leg of the god of war with a pink girdle. What should this allegory mean?

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