Venus with Cupido and God of War Mars - Padua, around 1600 - Model by Tiziano Aspetti (1559-1606)




Christian Eduard Franke-Landwers Christoph Freiherr von Seckendorff


Padua, around 1600

Model by Tiziano Aspetti (1559-1606). bronze casting

with remains of the original varnish patina.

Each on a natural pedestal in contrapost

standing nudes. At the feet of Venus, the

Grass sleeping cupid boy and nestled to her leg

a dolphin who sees the goddess as being from the

Foam born characterizes her upper body

she tends in the sense of the manneristic "figura

serpentinata" exaggeratedly to the right, while

her eyes are turned to the left. The god of war,

only with a helmet and one in front of his chest

knotted cloth, supports himself with his

Left on a sign with the head of Medusa,

with his right hand he reaches for the slung one


Aspetti became a bronze foundry family from

Padua born and learned in the family business

the Technique of casting. Later he studied sculpture.

at Girolamo Campagna, the most famous

Venetian sculptor of the outgoing

16th century.

Height 42 cm.

Thieme/Becker, General encyclopedia of the visual arts

Artist, Vol. 2, pp. 190-193.

Krahn, Bronzetti veneziani: The Venetian

Renaissance small bronzes from the Bode Museum

Berlin, Cologne 2007, pp. 25-28 and 152-158.



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