PROCACCINI, Giulio Cesare
(b. 1574, Bologna, d. 1625, Milano)

Venus and Cupids

1620-25
Oil on slate, 74 x 119 cm
Private collection

This scene of overt sensuality shows Venus together with three cupids or putti, one of them tenderly holding her head and caressing her, the others stringing a bow at her feet. Almost nude and reclining diagonally across the whole picture space, Venus displays herself to the viewer.