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Karel Philips Spierincks (Brussels c. 1600 - Rome 1639)

Venus Sleeping, with Satyrs and Cupids c.1630-40

RCIN 405568

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Heavily influenced by French painting, Spierincks presents the contrast between sacred and profane love, embodied by the rustic couple on the left and the two spying satyrs. A winged putto attempts to defend his mistress, unlike his fellow attendants who get up to mischief whilst Venus sleeps.