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La sfida delle Pieridi (c.1523-1527)

Rosso Fiorentino (1495-1540) La sfida delle Pieridi (The Challenge of the Pierides) c.1523–1527 Oil on wood transferred to canvas, 31 x 63 cm Musée du Louvre, Paris A rare mythological subject This small painting represents an episode reported by Ovid in…

San Sebastiano (1616-1617)

Bernini, Gian Lorenzo (1598-1680) San Sebastiano (Saint Sebastian) 1616–1617 Marble, 98 x 42 cm Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza, Madrid Private collection on deposit at the Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza. Saint Sebastian, born in Gaul according to legend, was a Roman centurion who was martyred…

San Sebastiano (4th quarter of the 15th century)

Mantegna, Andrea (c.1431-1506) San Sebastiano (Saint Sebastian) 4th quarter of the 15th century Tempera on canvas, 255 x 140 cm Musée du Louvre, Paris Composition surrounded by a trompe-l’oeil porphyry border. Probably arrived in Aigueperse (Auvergne) on the occasion of the marriage…

Diane (early 19th century)

Géricault, Théodore (1791-1824) Diane (Diana) Early 19th century Wash, pen on paper, 17.3 x 12 cm Museo del Prado, Madrid The composition is almost identical, with the same dimensions, to a Venus disarming Cupid (New York, Sotheby’s, January 28, 2015, n.…

Venere, Marte e Amore (1633)

Guercino (1591-1666) Venere, Marte e Amore (Venus, Mars and Cupid) 1633 Oil on canvas, 139 x 161 cm Galleria Estense, Modena Following the indication of Venus, whose right hand is painted almost in a trompe l’oeil, Cupid is about to…

Cupidon et Psyché (1867)

Legros, Alphonse (1837-1911) Cupidon et Psyché (Cupid and Psyche) exhibited 1867 Oil on canvas, 116.8 × 141.4 cm Tate Britain, London The tale of Cupid and Psyche was written by the Roman poet Lucius Apuleius. Psyche was given a box, supposedly…

Objet-Dard (1951)

Duchamp, Marcel (1887-1968) Objet-Dard (Dart Object) 1951, cast 1962 Bronze, 78 x 197 × 90 cm Tate Britain, London In the 1950s Duchamp created a series of four small-scale ‘erotic objects’: Not a Shoe (1950, Jedermann Collection), Female Fig Leaf (1961…

Cupid’s Hunting Fields (1885)

Burne-Jones, Edward (1833-1898) Cupid’s Hunting Fields 1885 Gouache, with watercolor and gold and silver paints on ivory wove paper, laid down on linen canvas, 99.5 x 76.9 cm Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago