Angelica Kauffman. "O Venus Regina Cnidi Paphique..."
Paris: Mme. Breton, 18th c. 11 7/8 x 11 3/8 (round). Stipple engraving by R. Girard. Color print à la poupée; accented with original hand color. Trimmed just inside neatline on top and right edges; just to neatline at left. Light toning overall.
Beloved for her elegant treatment of classical subjects, Angelica Kauffman achieved great popularity in her lifetime throughout western Europe. Born in Switzerland and trained by her mural-painting father, Kauffman resided in Italy for some time before migrating to England in 1766. In addition to portraits and mythological paintings, Kauffman collaborated with Scottish architect Robert Adam, known in design history for his innovative neoclassical interiors in England's Georgian country houses.
As a female artist in an age of great history painters, Kauffman centered her narratives on women of the past: Venus appearing to Aeneas, Cleopatra mourning at Mark Antony's tomb, and Hector taking leave of Andromache. Here, the Three Graces, Venus, and Cupid comprise a lovely tableau that illustrates the artist's light, Rococo-influenced style.
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