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Venus Whipping Cupid with Roses

Giovanni Luigi Valesio (Italian, 1583–1633)
early 17th century
Sheet: 7 15/16 x 5 1/4 in. (20.2 x 13.4 cm)
Credit Line:
Purchase, Joseph Pulitzer Bequest, 1917
Accession Number:
Not on view
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.

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