Mars and Venus, with her cupid helpers, stand in a landscape setting. The goddess of love is unbuckling the Mars's armour. He is not represented here as a belligerent god of war but as a benign man, distantly resigned to the inevitable.
This painting is believed to be a copy of an original by the Venetian artist of monumental works, bought by Henry Hoare II (1705–1785). The theme was a favourite of the artist or his patrons; one famous original variation exists in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, and once belonged to the Emperor Rudolph II. The whereabouts of the original of this work is unknown.
Where to see this painting?
National Trust, Stourhead
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