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The Toilette of Venus

Andrea Appiani

The paintings, inspired by 17th century poet Giovanbattista Marino’s Adonis, depict the Stories of Mars and Venus in two pairs of matching works. This idyllic picture shows the goddess admiring herself in the mirror. Set in original frames probably designed by Giocondo Albertolli, the oval paintings were intended to sit one above the other in the drawing room of an aristocratic Milan residence possibly belonging to a member of the Melzi family or to the Marquis Resta.

Download hi-res image TITLE The Toilette of Venus
AUTHOR Andrea Appiani
DATE 1790 - 5
OBJECT TYPE AND MATERIAL Oil on canvas
DIMENSIONS cm 81 x 112
INVENTORY 7381
ROOM XXXVII
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