Joachim Wtewael

Mars and Venus Surprised by Vulcan

223 detail signatuur en datering
223 achterzijde
223 ingelijst
223 voorzijde
223 voorzijde

Joachim Wtewael
Mars and Venus Surprised by Vulcan

1601 Zu sehen in Saal 16

This meticulously painted little work is a typical example of the Mannerist style, which was in fashion around 1600. The style is characterised by naked figures in complex graceful poses. Joachim Wtewael painted this work on smooth copper, which lends itself well to painting fine details.

The painting depicts the adultery of Venus and Mars. Venus’ husband Vulcan – standing with his back to us on the left – has caught the couple in the act, and is exposing the deceit to the gods who have gathered around.

Technische Daten
223 voorzijde

Joachim Wtewael
Mars and Venus Surprised by Vulcan

1601 Zu sehen in Saal 16

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Details

Allgemeine Informationen
Joachim Wtewael (Utrecht 1566 - 1638 Utrecht)
Mars and Venus Surprised by Vulcan
1601
painting
223
Saal 16
Material und technische Daten
oil
copper
15.7 x 20.8 cm
Inschriften
middenonder: IOACHIM WTE / WAEL [F]ECIT 1601

Ursprung

(?) Melchior Wijntgis, Middelburg, 1604; Prince William V, the Het Loo Palace, Apeldoorn, 1757; transferred, c.1822