GIOVANNI DA SAN GIOVANNI
(b. 1592, San Giovanni Valdarno, d. 1636, Firenze)

Venus Combing Cupid's Hair

c. 1630
Oil on canvas, 229 x 173 cm
Galleria Palatina (Palazzo Pitti), Florence

Giovanni da San Giovanni's playful, slightly naughty humour is evident in this whimsical genre scene, where the goddess of love - not usually depicted as given to homely tasks - checks her cheeky, baby-winged son's head for fleas.