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The trio are seen in a forest clearing. Venus is naked but stands in a bashful, decorous pose, loosely based on the classical Venus Pudica. Unusually, she is depicted with wings. Mercury, who is traditionally associated with calculation and therefore elementary education, is acting as teacher to Cupid. He is seated, wearing a winged hat rather than his usual helmet, and looking patiently on whilst Cupid is solving a problem.
oil on canvas
134 x 103 cm
gift from Sir Henry Hugh Arthur Hoare along with the estate, house and its contents, 1946
National Trust, Stourhead
Stourton, Warminster, Wiltshire BA12 6QD EnglandView venue
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