Mars and Venus, Paolo Veronese;  workshop
Paolo Veronese
Mars and Venus
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Paolo Veronese, Mars und Venus, ca. 1580, National Gallery of Scotland, Edinburgh

Paolo Veronese workshop

Mars and Venus, after 1580


Dimensions
167.9 x 127.9 cm
Physical Description
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Inventory Number
893
Acquisition
Acquired in 1842
Status
On display, 2nd upper level, Old Masters, room 20

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This painting, acquired as an original by Veronese, looks because of its remarkable size particularly splendid. The copyist exploited the warm light and the shimmering costly fabrics to make the skin of the loosely draped goddess Venus glow – in keeping with the Venetian master’s intention. The scant research into this work has identified it as a workshop replica, but the quality of the execution casts that into doubt. It may be an exact copy by another 16th-century artist outside Veronese’s workshop. This question will most likely never be fully resolved, as is so often the case with copies by anonymous artists.

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14.05.2024