The Birth of Venus

Dublin Core

Title

The Birth of Venus

Subject

Venus

Description

The first version of Cabanel's Birth of Venus (Musée d'Orsay, Paris) created a sensation at the Salon of 1863, which was dubbed the "Salon of the Venuses" owing to the number of alluring nudes on view. Embodying the ideals of academic art, the careful modeling, silky brushwork, and mythological subject of Cabanel’s canvas proved a winning combination: the Salon picture was purchased by no less than Napoleon III for his personal collection. In 1875, John Wolfe commissioned the present, slightly smaller, replica from Cabanel.
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The first version of Cabanel's Birth of Venus (Musée d'Orsay, Paris) created a sensation at the Salon of 1863, which was dubbed the "Salon of the Venuses" owing to the number of alluring nudes on view. Embodying the ideals of academic art, the careful modeling, silky brushwork, and mythological subject of Cabanel’s canvas proved a winning combination: the Salon picture was purchased by no less than Napoleon III for his personal collection. In 1875, John Wolfe commissioned the present, slightly smaller, replica from Cabanel.

Creator

Alexandre Cabanel (French, Montpellier 1823–1889 Paris)

Date

1875-01-01/1875-12-31

Date Available

1875

Provenance

Gift of John Wolfe, 1893
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John Wolfe, New York (1875–d. 1894; commissioned from the artist; sale, Leavitt, New York, April 5–6, 1882, bought in)

Still Image Item Type Metadata

Original Format

Painting
oil on canvas

Physical Dimensions

41 3/4 x 71 7/8 in. (106 x 182.6 cm)

Files

Citation

Alexandre Cabanel (French, Montpellier 1823–1889 Paris), “The Birth of Venus,” Mapping Mythology: A Digital Collection of Classical Mythology in Post-Antique Art, accessed December 17, 2017, http://mappingmythology.com/items/show/91.