Mars and Venus, connected by love, Paolo Veronese
- Posted by Paolo Veronese
- Museum: Metropolitan Museum
- Year: 1570s
Overview of the painting :
Mars and Venus, connected by love – Paolo Veronese. 1570s. Oil on canvas. 205.7×161
One of the best Venetian artists, Paolo Veronese, embodied in his paintings the spirit of Venice, this rich, abundant, festive city. He loved to paint feasts, so even in his canvases on other topics, the feast of flesh and the whole visible world reigns.
The picture presented, which, along with several others, was stored in the collection of Emperor Rudolph II in Prague and, apparently, was ordered by him for coronation, depicts the union of Venus and Mars, the goddess of love and the god of war, which the amur binds with silk tape. Mars is tamed and calm – the war obeyed love. The artist hints at sublime love – on the right, the cupid holds the horse with his sword, a symbol of base passion, and the lustful satir froze in stone. But the picture has a lot of sensual, and not only in the naked body of Venus, the beauty of which is emphasized by pearl necklace and bracelets: here everything, as usual at Veronese, is written with a touch – and the heavy silk cloak of Mars, and the smooth body of the horse, and snow-white warm marble.
Everything around triumphs the victory of love, including the color of the picture. French painter Paul Cezanne said of Verones: “He wrote as we look at the world, as naturally. His tongue was paint. ”.