14 May 2009
Follower of Sir Peter Paul Rubens
Venus and Mars
signed with a monogram 'PVE' (centre left)
oil on canvas
44 x 37½ in. (112 x 95 cm.)
The John Reid Collection; Christie's, London, 18 December 1998, lot 622.
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The story of the love between Mars and Venus, and of how they were later caught under Vulcan's net whilst making love, is told in Homer's Odyssey. In the Renaissance, the story was used as an allegory of Strife overcome by Love.
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