Mars and Venus Surprised by Vulcan

Alexandre Charles Guillemot (French, 1786-1831)

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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

artist
Alexandre Charles Guillemot (French, 1786-1831)
creation date
1827
materials
oil on canvas
dimensions
57-1/2 x 44-3/4 in.
accession number
80.156
credit line
Roger G. Wolcott Fund
copyright
Public Domain
collection
European Painting and Sculpture 1800-1945
colors

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