• Venus Removing a Thorn from Her Foot

    Artist:
    Raffaello (Raffaello Santi), workshop of. 1483-1520
    Technique:
    fresco (transferred from wall to canvas)
    Dimensions:
    266x154 cm

Raffaello (Raffaello Santi), workshop of. 1483-1520

Venus Removing a Thorn from Her Foot

Italy, circa 1520

After restoration. Artist-restorers: Inga Budnichenko, Svetlana Teploukhova. The last scene in the cycle depicts the tragic ending to the story of Venus and Adonis. After learning of her beloved’s death, the goddess wandered the woods in despair. She cut her foot, and blood from the wound dripped onto the roses that have had a red colour ever since. The story of Venus and Adonis is a reminder not only of Cupid’s all-conquering power, but also of the fleeting nature of passion, the impermanence of earthly love, in which pleasure and pain are intertwined. This fresco, which was located near the edge of the loggia, was worse preserved than the others. It underwent repeated restoration and retouching. The greater part of the figure of Venus had putty applied over the original work and was repainted. In the course of restoration, the fresco was freed of all the multiple layers of overpainting and applications of putty of various dates. The losses have been made good with tinting to match with the original painting.

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Venus Removing a Thorn from Her Foot

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fresco (transferred from wall to canvas)

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266x154 cm

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Entered the Hermitage in 1861; acquired from the collection of Campana in Rome

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ГЭ-2334

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