Poussin Paintings


Paintings Reproductions Poussin, Nicolas Sleeping Venus and Cupid
Poussin Paintings 1594 - 1665  France, Baroque

Sleeping Venus and Cupid

Oil on canvas

Public collection

Mythological Art

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OIL PAINTING:  Sleeping Venus and Cupid

      In this painting by Poussin are depicted Venus (the Greek Aphrodite), goddess of love, and her son Cupid (the Greek Eros), whose sharp arrows and flaming torches aroused the passions of both gods and mortals. The interaction between Cupid and his mother could also be a metaphor for various aspects of love, while the adulterous affair between Venus and Mars, the god of war, could signify the capacity of love to subdue violence.