Venus in Vulcan’s Forge (Summer)
(Bologna 1578 - 1660)
The canvas is the second in a series representing the theme of love – recounted through the mythological tales of Venus and Diana superimposed on the seasons – and also including the Toilet of Venus, Venus and Adonis, and the Triumph of Diana.
Here Venus is portrayed visiting Vulcan’s forge, where they are fashioning the weapons that the goddess will use to strike defenceless hearts. In the background, little putti are absorbed in striking a heart, depicted on the shield hung on the tree. From up in the clouds the goddess Diana, surrounded by her chaste handmaidens, observes Venus’s trivial doings scornfully.
Medium | oil on canvas, diam. cm 154
Inventory | 35
Room 14 – Lanfranco Loggia
Period | '600
Classification | painting