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Cambiaso, Venus and Cupid, detail, Chicago

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Cambiaso, Venus and Cupid, detail, Chicago
A rare example of Venus as a good mother, modeled after a Madonna and Child. Other examples include Veronese's fresco in the Villa Barbaro (where conjugal imagery breaks out everywhere) and a woodcut illustration in the Hypnerotomachia Poliphili (1499).
Posted by Robert Baldwin on September 14, 2010 Full Size| Slideshow