Louis Chéron Vulcan Catching Mars and Venus in his Net c.1695

Artwork details

Artist
Louis Chéron 1660–1725
Title
Vulcan Catching Mars and Venus in his Net
Date c.1695
Medium Oil paint on paper on canvas
Dimensions Support: 495 x 391 mm
frame: 677 x 585 x 110 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Purchased 1963
Reference
T00578
Not on display

Display caption

In this sketch, the classical gods Venus and Mars are caught in an adulterous liaison by Venus’s husband Vulcan.

This is a sketch by the French artist Chéron for the design of a ceiling for a bedroom to be used by visiting royalty at Boughton House, Northamptonshire. The decoration in many rooms at Boughton shows divine figures engaging in human activities related to the function of the room itself. What, therefore, might this design suggest about the moral values and tastes of the social elite?

March 2011

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