Italian painting

"Venus, Mars and Cupid", Piero di Cosimo - description of the painting

  • Author: Piero di Cosimo
  • Museum: Berlin Art Gallery
  • Year: About 1505
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Description of the picture:

Venus, Mars and Cupid - Piero di Cosimo. About 1505. Wood, oil. 72 x 182 cm

The work has the usual horizontal angle selection and was created by the master himself for storage in his personal collection. The work was written for a long time and done entirely in oil on canvas. A couple of times the picture was lost sight of, but was again found after the Second World War. It was then that she came to the Berlin Art Gallery, where she is at this point in time.

History of creation


The picture was written for several years in a row, but with it, the author worked on other projects too. If Pierrot was engaged only in writing one picture, and then, not on a commercial basis, he would not be able to maintain the standard of living that he led in those times. The man had his own studio, several simultaneous biological experiments. All this required a lot of financial investments that the artist could not draw without a source of income.

Writing style


The picture is made in a soft, not finished style. It is called so because each pressure of the brush was cut off in the middle, so that the color looked bright from the side. The paints were distributed in a large layer and at the moment when the picture was dry, it was necessary to constantly flush the flies away from it. At that time, paints were made using a different formula, which is why insects extremely wanted to feast on them.
The picture was drawn in three stages. At first two central figures were drawn. Visually, they immediately attract the attention of the public, and were drawn specially with the help of soft, cold colors.
The second stage was the creation of fields behind them. If you look closely, the figures are no longer so detailed. Edge stroke disappeared, only painted face emotions remained.
The third stage is the creation of the sky and mountains, behind the rest of the plan.

Other paintings by Piero di Cosimo

Perseus Liberating Andromeda
Death to Gods
Immaculate Conception
Forest fire
Reading Mary Magdalene
Visit to the Mother of God
Portrait of Simonetta Vespucci

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