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Prud’hon provided the initial ideas for the composition and then left the execution to his pupil and mistress, Mayer. Mayer’s manner deliberately imitated that of her lover, while her use of atmospheric sfumato and profusion of putti is inspired by Prud’hon’s favourite models, Correggio and Albani. The subject of awakening love was complemented by a pendant, 'The Torch of Venus' (1808; Arenenberg), symbolizing 'Constancy in Love'.

The Wallace Collection

London


Date

1806

Medium

oil on canvas

Measurements

H 96.5 x W 144.5 cm

Accession number

P348

Acquisition method

acquired by Richard Seymour-Conway, 4th Marquess of Hertford, 1866; bequeathed to the nation by Lady Wallace, 1897

Work type

Painting


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