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Venus and Cupid

Photo credit: Compton Verney

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This painting is one of the earliest of Cranach’s smaller depictions of this popular subject. Nudes did not appear significantly in Cranach’s work until at least 1520, but thereafter many mythological, biblical and historical characters emerge, and representations of the female nude are amongst the most coveted of his works. Examination by infra-red has shown that Venus was originally painted wearing a large crimson hat, now covered by the brown curtain behind her head.

Compton Verney

Compton Verney




oil on panel


H 39 x W 26 cm

Accession number

CVCSC : 0339.N

Acquisition method

purchased, 2005

Work type


Inscription description

signed : artist's device of a winged serpent plus date (indistinct) : 1525


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Compton Verney, Warwickshire CV35 9HZ England

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