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

Toilet of Venus

Oil on canvas, 202 x 252 cm
Musée du Louvre, Paris

In 1621, Ferdinando Gonzaga, the Duke of Mantua, commissioned a series of The Story of Venus for his Villa Favorita. Completed in 1633, these pictures are enlarged versions of the round compositions of a cycle formerly executed for the prince Borghese towards 1615-17. The Toilet of Venus belongs to the series.