Venus and Vulcan
Sketch for the ceiling of the Salón de Alabarderos, Palacio Real, Madrid
Giovanni Battista Tiepolo, Italian (active Venice, Udine, Würzburg, and Madrid) 1696 - 1770
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Venus, the goddess of love, is persuading her estranged husband Vulcan, god of fire and blacksmith to the gods, to make a set of armor for her son Aeneas. The classical subject, which comes from the Aeneid by the Roman poet Virgil, was popular in paintings from the Renaissance onward.
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