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ID number:  BIRBI-2005.3
Institution:  The Barber Institute of Fine Arts
Artist / Maker:  Chiari, Fabrizio (1621-1695); after Poussin, Nicolas (1594-1665)
Title / Object name:  Venus and Mercury
Object type:  Print
Place made:  Rome
Culture:  Italian
Date made:  1636
Materials:  Etching

Venus, the ancient Roman goddess of Beauty and Love, reclines languidly beside a golden chariot while Mercury, the Protector of the Arts, rests in the shade by her side. The soft plump curves of her body exemplify Renaissance ideals of beauty. In the foreground, Cupid fights with a small satyr. The battling pair represents the struggle between sacred and sensual love, emphasising the wholesome beauty of Venus despite her nudity. Chiari produced a number of etchings after works by Poussin, whose style also influenced the young artist’s early painting practice.

Notes:  Previously attributed to Rossi, after Poussin.

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Poussin, Nicolas
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