Apollo and Aurora

Gerard de Lairesse Dutch

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Largely forgotten today, De Lairesse was celebrated in his lifetime as a painter and advocate for an idealizing manner based on the study of classical antiquity. This work, likely destined to hang over the mantelpiece in a grand Amsterdam home, depicts the sun god consorting with the goddess of the dawn, a popular subject in French and Italian painting at the time. The attractively individualized young faces have led to speculation that they may be disguised portraits of a newly married couple.

#5251. Apollo and Aurora

Apollo and Aurora, Gerard de Lairesse (Dutch, Liège 1641–1711 Amsterdam), Oil on canvas

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