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Venus and Cupid

Photo credit: Nottingham City Museums and Galleries

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In the right foreground Venus, naked and with her hair elegantly coiffed, sits on a rock draped with blue silk. She turns away from the viewer with her left arm raised and her face in profile. On the ground to her left is a quiver of arrows and a bow with a broken string. Cupid hovers before her and gestures upwards with his right hand. An outcrop of rock with tree branches on the right partly hides the rolling waves of the sea which are revealed beneath a cloudy sky on the left.

Nottingham Castle Museum and Art Gallery


  • Date


  • Medium

    oil on wood

  • Measurements

    49.5 x 36.8 cm

  • Accession number

    NCM 1933-245

  • Acquisition method

    gift from Miss Helen Shipstone, 1933

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Nottingham Castle Museum and Art Gallery

Friar Lane, off Maid Marian Way, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire NG1 6EL England

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