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Bartholomeus Spranger
Venus and Cupid
1595
Details
Oil on canvas
140 x 102 cm (55.1 x 40.2 in.)
1595
Provenance
Rudolf II, Holy Roman Emperor (155-1612), Hradschin Palace, Prague; Ferdinand II, Holy Roman Emperor (1578-1637), Hradschin Palace, Prague; Kunstkammer sale, 30 March 1623, inv. no. 47 (as Naked Venus and Cupid, value 200 taler); Daniel de Briers (c.1573-1633), Frankfurt; Heinrich von Uchelen (1682-1746), Frankfurt; his bankruptcy sale, court Substituti Frießen, Frankfurt, 20 May 1744, lot 128 (as ‘Bartholomaeus Spranger, 1 schön Stück Venus und Cupido’); Joseph von Dufresne (fl.1727-1767), Munich; to his brother François Ignace de Dufresne (fl.1741-1770), Munich; his sale, De Winter, Cok & Yver, Amsterdam, 22 August 1770, lot 325 (as ‘Bartholomee Spranger. Venus & L’Amour. Peint sur toile, haut de 54, large de 39 pounces. La Scene est un Paysage, où l’on voit l’Amour à côté de sa Mere, & un Temple derriere elle; de plus un beau Lointain. Tableau très terminé & excellemment peint.’; Private collection, Padua, until c.1970; Galleria d'Arte Antica, Padua, until 1972; when acquired by; Private collection, Turin; by descent, until 2018