ALBANI, Francesco
(b. 1578, Bologna, d. 1660, Bologna)

The Toilet of Venus

c. 1610
Oil on canvas, 89 x 99 cm
Pinacoteca Nazionale, Bologna

This painting was probably painted as a pendant to Annibale Carracci's Landscape with Diana and Callisto (collection of the Duke of Sutherland, St Boswells). Carracci developed the composition of The Toilet of Venus several years after his Landscape with Diana and Callisto, and the greatest part of its execution was left to Albani, his pupil. ALbani later painted his own interpretations of Carracci's mythological inventions.