Toilette of Venus (Spring)
(Bologna 1578 - 1660)
The work was acquired by Cardinal Scipione Borghese in 1622, together with the other tondi – portraying Venus in the Forge of Vulcan, Venus and Adonis, and The Triumph of Diana – in the series celebrating the loves of the gods, which ends with the victory of the chaste Diana over Venus.
In this tondo, the first of the series, Venus is looking at herself in the mirror as the nymphs dress her and the putti play with fruit on the tree and on the ground. The awakening of nature heralds the arrival of spring, the season of love. In painting the four canvases, the artist used the members of his own family as models: his two wives as Venus and his sons as the little putti.
Medium | oil on canvas, diam. cm 154
Inventory | 40
Room 14 – Lanfranco Loggia
Period | '600
Classification | painting