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Mars and Venus Surprised by Vulcan

Photo credit: The Wallace Collection

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The second picture in the set with P429 and P444 depicts the story of Vulcan who, hearing of his wife’s infidelity with Mars, fashioned a golden net to entrap the faithless pair. Catching them together, he invited the other gods to enjoy their humiliation, but attracted new lovers for his wife, Neptune and Mercury, whose passions were aroused by the sight of her naked body. The three Boucher panels, with their amorous subjects and exquisite touch, would seem to have been obvious purchases for the 4th Marquess of Hertford.

The Wallace Collection

London

  • Date

    c.1754

  • Medium

    oil on canvas

  • Measurements

    164 x 71 cm

  • Accession number

    P438

  • Acquisition method

    acquired by Richard Seymour-Conway, 4th Marquess of Hertford, 1851; bequeathed to the nation by Lady Wallace, 1897

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