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Nicolas Poussin. Venus, Mother of Aeneas, presenting him with Arms forged by Vulcan

Venus, Mother of Aeneas, presenting him with Arms forged by Vulcan

Poussin, Nicolas
(French, 1594 - 1665)
Venus, Mother of Aeneas, presenting him with Arms forged by Vulcan c 1636-1637
oil on canvas
108.0 x 134.6 cm
Purchase, 1948
© 2001 Art Gallery of Ontario


Possibly commissioned by Nicola Giudice, Prince of Cellamare (1587-1672), Naples [created Principe di Cellamare, 1631];Princes of Cellamare, Naples (either Nicolas Giudice’s son, Domenico Giudice (d.1718) or Domenico’s son, Antonio (d.1733); By descent to Duchessa di Cellamare, Rome (1785-87); Carlo Ludovico of Bourbon, Duke of Luca (according to label on frame); (His sale, Phillips, London, 5 June 1841, lot 24, see Lugt, v.2, no.16238). [1] Arthur Ledger, Sheffield, 1945; Sold by him in 1945 to a dealer in Sheffield. H. Jefferson Barnes, Helensburg, Scotland, 1948; Purchase 1948, Art Gallery of Ontario
[1] Gap in provenance 1841 to 1945.

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