Venus, Cupid and satyrs in a wooded landscape; Venus, nude, reclining on an ornate rug Pen and brown ink, with brown wash, over red chalk


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Department: Prints & Drawings

Registration number: 1922,0410.3

Bibliographic reference
Hind 1915-31 Add.2 (vol.IV, p.141)
Royalton-Kisch 2010 Lievens.J.A.2

Dutch Roy XVIIc

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Object types
drawing (scope note | all objects)

paper (all objects)
drawn (scope note | all objects)
Production person
Drawn by Jan Andrea Lievens (biographical details | all objects)
1655 (perhaps circa)
Schools /Styles
Dutch (scope note | all objects)

Landscape with Venus, Cupid and two Satyrs; Venus, nude, reclining on an ornate rug. Perhaps c.1655

Pen and brown ink with brown wash, touched with red chalk; ruled framing-lines in pen and brown ink.

Verso: blank (see Inscriptions).

Watermark: Strasbourg bend with large lily (similar to Hinterding variant B).

Inscription Content: Inscribed recto, below, right of centre, signed in the same ink as the drawing: ‘I.A.LIEVEИZ [sic]’; verso, lower left, in pen and brown ink: ‘J Lievens’.

Height: 260 millimetres
Width: 436 millimetres (chain lines horizontal, 26/29mm apart)

Generally good, though worn near left edge, where apparently damaged by damp; some discolouration near right edge; a few old spots and stains.

Curator's comments
Entry from Martin Royalton-Kisch, ‘Catalogue of drawings by Rembrandt and his school’, 2010, Jan Andrea Lievens, cat. no.2:
See the comments to cat. no.1 (1836,0811.343). Once again, the figures are somewhat in the style of Van Dyck, with reminiscences of the Venetians, Titian and Giorgione (the Dresden 'Venus').

LITERATURE (always as by J.A. Lievens):
London, IV, 1931, p.141, no.Add 2, repr. pl.LXXII; Schneider, 1932/73, pp.281-3 (notes provenance given here; believed the draughtsmanship 'less free' than the elder Lievens's); Rotterdam, 1988, p.218, n.5; Exh. Amsterdam, 1988-9, under no.63; Royalton-Kisch, 1998, pp.621-2.

classical mythology (scope note | all objects)
classical deity (scope note | all objects)

Associated names
Representation of Eros/Cupid (biographical details | all objects)
Representation of Aphrodite/Venus (biographical details | all objects)

Acquisition date

Acquisition name
Purchased from Dr N Beets (biographical details | all objects)

Acquisition notes
Sale, Amsterdam, 14 Sep., 1761, lot 721 as from the Cabinet van Hulst (as by Jan Lievens); M. Elgersma et al. sale, Amsterdam, 24 March, 1766, kunstboek D. no.419, bt Oets, fl.0.12; Frankfurt, Prestel, 16 Nov., 1920, Nachtrag no.2374, repr. (as of ‘Jupiter and Antiope’), bought Jacques Rosenthal, 4,200 Marks; purchased from N. Beets, 1922.

Exhibition History
1992, BM, Drawings by Rembrandt and his Circle, not in catalogue

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