Mars and Venus Surprised by Vulcan
Mars and Venus Surprised by Vulcan

Image Resources | Currently on View in Norb and Ruth Schaefer, Sr. & Norb and Carolyn Schaefer Gallery (H211)

Mars and Venus Surprised by Vulcan

Alexandre C. Guillemot (French, 1786-1831)

Like the renowned painter Ingres, Guillemot was a student of the Neoclassicist Jacques-Louis David and remained his faithful follower. During their era, French academic painters turned to Greek and Roman myths for subject matter.

This picture, which was accepted for the Salon of 1827, illustrates the story of Vulcan, Roman god of metalworking, snaring his adulterous wife with her lover, Mars. Guillemot lavished attention on Venus's sinuous pose and the careful shading of her body, the central focus of his composition.

Object Information

Alexandre C. Guillemot (French, 1786-1831)
creation date
oil on canvas
57-1/2 x 44-3/4 in.
accession number
credit line
Roger G. Wolcott Fund
Public Domain
European Painting and Sculpture 1800-1945

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