The Feast of Venus

about 1636/37, Artist: Peter Paul Rubens



The Feast of Venus

The picture celebrates the omnipotence of love. It is based in part on a description in antiquity of a Greek painting in which a cult image of Aphrodite is decorated by nymphs, with winged cupids dancing around it. Rubens’s great role model, Titian, had been inspired by it in 1518 to create a painting that was later copied by Rubens. The open brushwork and differentiation in the coloration are a profession of admiration for Titian’s late works; the ecstatic intensity in this revival of antiquity is, however, Rubens’s highly personal.

Location: Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien, Saal XIII

Object data

Object Name





about 1636/37


Peter Paul Rubens (1577 Siegen - 1640 Antwerpen) - GND




217 x 350 cm

Image rights

Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien, Gemäldegalerie

Inv. No.

Gemäldegalerie, 684


1685 Imperial Coll. Prague; 1733 Imperial Coll. Vienna

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