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Large Engraving The Toilet of Venus 1672

Large Engraving The Toilet of Venus 1672


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Directory: Fine Art: Prints: Engravings: Pre 1700: Item # 1299039

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A large engraving of a mythological scene of Venus after her bath getting ready for a date with Adonis. The print was made by Etienne Baudet the French engraver who also worked in Rome. It is dated 1672. The print is after one of a series of 4 paintings by Francesco Albani that were commissioned by the Duke of Mantua in 1621. The painting that is the source of this print is now in the Louvre. Sight size 23 ¼ by 27 inches (59 by 68 cm), overall 28 ¼ by 32 ¼ inches (72 by 82 cm). The painter and the engraver are noted in the plate at the lower left and right and there is a long description in Latin.

Condition: Some toning, roughness at the edges and a small tear in the lower right. The plate line is visible on three sides of the mat. This is a very clear and well defined image.

The image is mildly erotic. The large number of beautiful objects and Cupid hovering on a cloud below the feeding swans clearly indicate that the subject is physical love.