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 Expuesto en Sala 13

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.

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Joachim Wtewael
Mars and Venus Surprised by Vulcan

1601 Expuesto en Sala 13

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Información general
Joachim Wtewael (Utrecht 1566 - 1638 Utrecht)
Mars and Venus Surprised by Vulcan
1601
painting
223
Sala 13
Material y detalles técnicos
oil
copper
20.8 x 15.7 cm
Inscripciones
lower centre: IOACHIM WTE / WAEL [F]ECIT 1601

Origen

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