ID number: BIRBI-62.6
Institution: The Barber Institute of Fine Arts
Artist / Maker: Beccafumi, Domenico (1485-1551)
Title / Object name: Reclining Nymph (Venus and Cupid)
Object type: Painting
Place made: Siena
Date made: about 1519
Materials: Oil on wood
Measurements: 71.7 x 13.8 cm
Provenance: Palazzo Petrucci, Siena; Private Collection, South of France; Colnaghi; purchased by the Barber Institute, 1962 £15,000.
This panel formed part of the decoration of the bedchamber of Francesco Petrucci of Siena and his wife Caterina Piccolomini. It was used as the headboard of the bed. The figure appears to be a water nymph, but she has also been identified as Venus in her role as goddess of love and fertility. She is accompanied by Cupid who holds a whirligig, signalling his role as a jester. The theme of fertility placed above the matrimonial bed was balanced in the other panels in the room. They illustrate a series of virtuous heroines and wives from antiquity.
Notes: Exhibited: 'Paintings by Old Masters', Colnaghi, London, UK, 05 April 1962 - 12 May 1962 (no. 3); 'Between Renaissance and Baroque', Manchester City Art Gallery, Manchester, UK, 1965 (no.30); 'Colnaghi's 1760-1960', Colnaghi, London, UK, 07 November 1984 - 15 December 1984; 'Rennaissance Siena: Art for a City', National Gallery, London, UK, 24 October 2007 - 13 January 2008