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Venus Giving Arms to Aeneas

Jean Cornu (French, Paris 1650–1710 Lisieux)
French, Paris
Terracotta and painted wood
H. 41-9/16 in. (108 cm)
Credit Line:
The Friedsam Collection, Bequest of Michael Friedsam, 1931
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 532
The later reign of Louis XIV witnessed a veritable explosion of theatrical Baroque sculptural groups devoted to the retelling of classical myths. In an episode taken from Virgil's Aeneid, the goddess Venus descends from the skies to present her son, the Trojan prince Aeneas, with a spectacular set of armor. As an addition to the story, Cupid, half-brother of Aeneas, raises the shield.
Count Elia Volpi (until 1917; sale, American Art Galleries, New York, December 17 –19, 1917, no. 429, as by Pierre Puget); Michael Friedsam (until 1931; bequeathed to MMA)
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