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Venus and Cupid

c. 1543

RCIN 405486

This is a close copy of Pontormo’s painting (Accademia, Florence) made from a full-scale design by Michelangelo (now lost) which he drew in 1532. Pontormo’s painting was to be displayed in a room celebrating the love poetry of Dante, Petrarch and Boccaccio. This allegory shows Venus kissing Cupid while disarming him with her right hand.

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