Venus and Cupid (after Raphael)

Object Details

Title:

Venus and Cupid (after Raphael)

Artist/Maker:

Pieter van Lint (Flemish, 1609 - 1690)

Culture:

Flemish

Date:

1636

Medium:

Black and red chalk and brown wash

Object Number:

2000.26

Dimensions:

41.8 × 27.9 cm (16 7/16 × 11 in.)

See more

See less

By the sweet wound of thy piercing darts, . . . revenge the injury which is done to thy mother, by the false and disobedient beauty of a mortal maiden . . . that she may fall in love with the most miserable creature living, the most poor, the most crooked, and the most vile . . .

In an event from one of the greatest love stories in Greek mythology, Cupid stands with his arrow poised to strike, while his mother Venus points to his target, the mortal Psyche. Because of Psyche's beauty, people had begun to worship her rather than Venus. Outraged at this mortal usurping her honor, Venus commanded Cupid to avenge her. Cupid, however, foiled his mother's plans, and Psyche did not fall in love with any such wretched creature. Having pricked himself with his own arrow so that he would love Psyche, Cupid protected her. His enraged mother subjected the lovers to many trials before their eventual marriage.

Pieter van Lint copied this subject from the corner of a curved ceiling in a Roman villa that was painted by Raphael's pupils in 1518. He accurately repeated the foreshortening of the figures, but he exaggerated the voluminous proportions of the female nude.

Provenance
before 1940

Private Collection (Germany), by inheritance within the family.

1999

Private Collection (Germany) [sold, Christie's, Amsterdam, November 10, 1999, lot 328, to Bob P. Haboldt.]

1999 - 2000

Bob P. Haboldt, sold to the J. Paul Getty Museum, 2000.

Exhibitions
Raphael and his Influence Across the Centuries (October 31, 2000 to January 7, 2001)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center (Los Angeles), October 31, 2000 to January 7, 2001
Taddeo and Federico Zuccaro: Artist-Brothers in Renaissance Rome (October 2, 2007 to January 6, 2008)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center (Los Angeles), October 2, 2007 to January 6, 2008
Drawing the Classical Figure (December 23, 2008 to March 8, 2009)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center (Los Angeles), December 23, 2008 to March 8, 2009
Gods and Heroes: European Drawings of Classical Mythology (November 19, 2013 to February 9, 2014)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center (Los Angeles), November 19, 2013 to February 9, 2014
The Lure of Italy: Artists' Views (May 9 to July 30, 2017)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center (Los Angeles), May 9 to July 30, 2017
Bibliography

Christie's, Amsterdam. Dutch, Flemish and German Old Master Drawings. November 10, 1999, pp. 22-23, lot 328, ill.

Haboldt & Co., New York. Northern European Old Master Drawings and Oil Sketches, 2001-2002 (New York: Haboldt & Co., 2001), p. 72, ill.

Brooks, Julian. The Lure of Italy: Artist's Views, exh. cat. (Los Angeles: J. Paul Getty Museum, 2017), pp. 31-33, 81, fig. 25.