Venus and Cupid

Hendrick Goltzius

Brüggen 1558 – 1617 Haarlem

"Venus and Cupid"

From the series the 'Three Goddesses', 1596

Engraving. 34.5 x 25.8 cm
Singed within oval, at the bottom center: HG
Numbered at the bottom right: ‘2’
Two Latin distichs by Cornelius Schonaeus in the margin: Immenso nostrum spectatur .... figo, squamigerumq[ue] genus.

Watermark: Crown

Literature: Bartsch 3 (Saenredam); Hollstein 64 (Saenredam); Hollstein 140 (Goltzius); Hirschmann 140 (Goltzius); Strauss 329 (Goltzius); New Hollstein Dutch 142 (Goltzius); Leeflang 2003, p. 205, fig. 81.

Magnificent, well-inked impression, printed with great clarity and all details very crisp, small margins all around the platemark, in a pristine condition.

Second sheet in the series of the 'Three Goddesses', together with Minerva and Juno. Venus is depicted resting on a shroud supported by a cloud as Cupid gently pierces her heart with one of his arrows, a motive that reoccurs in the upper corner ornaments in the form of burning hearts pierced by arrows. A pair of turtle doves, the roses, and the attributes in the lower corners all refer to Venus as the deity of love. In the upper part of the oval the goddess is shown again, now in a chariot drawn by swans, and below the judgement of Paris is depicted.

Price: USD 5,100 / EURO 4,300

13 5/8 x 10 1/8 inches