Spring (Venera toilet), Francesco Albani

Spring (Venera toilet), Francesco Albani
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  • Posted by Francesco Albani
  • Museum: National Gallery of Antique Art (Rome)
  • Year: 1616-1617

Overview of the painting :

Spring (Venera Toilet) – Francesco Albani. 1616-1617. Oil on canvas. Diameter 154
   A pupil of the Bologna Academy, in which much attention was paid to the revival of ancient heritage, Albani (1578-1660) often turned to mythological subjects. He interpreted them in a playful way.

   In this case, the artist took a plot that was popular with European painters, it is enough to recall Titian, Rubens and Velazquez. It’s about Venus in front of the mirror that Amur holds. Albani portrayed the goddess of love preening with the help of nymphs, one of which puts on her decoration. The author placed the scene on the lap of nature with shady trees, light glades, a transparent source and blue mountainous distances. Amur frolic around, one of them tears apples from the tree and throws the rest, which recalls the mythological court of Paris, which gave the apple to Venus, the most beautiful of the goddesses.

   Tondo, that is, a round-shaped picture, Albani carries the features of decorative painting. This is facilitated by a light plot that allowed to depict an unpretentious pleasant scene, and a single color scheme with the finest shades of colors, which is why the work resembles tapestry. The canvas is an example of early classicism, when forms have not yet frozen, and images were vivid and aroused sincere sympathy.