Louis Chéron

Vulcan Catching Mars and Venus in his Net

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

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?

Gallery label, March 2011

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