• Cupid Aiming with a Bow

    Artist:
    Raffaello (Raffaello Santi), workshop of. 1483-1520
    Technique:
    fresco (transferred from wall to canvas)
    Dimensions:
    98x138 cm

Raffaello (Raffaello Santi), workshop of. 1483-1520

Cupid Aiming with a Bow

Italy, circa 1520

Currently undergoing restoration. Artist-restorer: Artem Stepanov. This fresco was located above the side entrance to the loggia, next to the scene of the birth of Venus, the other chief protagonist of the murals. The depiction of Cupid who is looking at the viewer after just releasing an arrow has no connection with any of Raphael’s earlier compositions and was created specially for the Villa Steti. No preparatory drawings for this work have survived, nor was it reproduced in engravings. It was previously considered that it might have been created later than the others, but in the process of restoration it was established that this fresco is identical to the others in all characteristics. The badly damaged fresco has been freed layer by layer from extensive overpainting and retouching of various dates that concealed the original paintwork. A later depiction of Cupid’s foot (the original one having been lost) has been left on a restoration insert along the lower edge. The mural is being exhibited in the process of making good the numerous losses with light-coloured tinting to give the composition pictorial integrity.

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Cupid Aiming with a Bow

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fresco (transferred from wall to canvas)

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98x138 cm

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Entered the Hermitage in 1861; acquired from the collection of Campana in Rome

Inventory Number:

ГЭ-2338

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