VIEN, Joseph-Marie
(b. 1716, Montpellier, d. 1809, Paris)

Venus Showing Mars her Doves Making a Nest in his Helmet

1768
Oil on canvas
The Hermitage, St. Petersburg

The choice of the subject of this painting was suggested by Diderot. The painting, sent to Russia without being exhibited at the Salon, was not a success, which angered Diderot.




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