In this print Venus's halfhearted efforts at disciplining her unruly son are undermined by a smiling satyr, the embodiment of lust. As the inscription states, love is not so easily chastised. Valesio, a poet as well as a prolific engraver who specialized in creating allegorical title pages, designed this work as one of a pair of love allegories.
Earls of Pembroke
Bartsch XVIII 215.5
Adam von Bartsch Le Peintre graveur. Vienna, 1803, cat. no. XVIII 215.5.
Artist: Giovanni Battista Piranesi (Italian, Mogliano Veneto 1720–1778 Rome)Date: ca. 1749–50Medium: Etching, engraving, sulphur tint or open bite, burnishing; first state of four (Robison)Accession: 37.45.3(27)On view in:Not on view