Overview[ edit ] During his lifetime Lotto was a well respected painter and certainly popular in Northern Italy; he is traditionally included in the Venetian School, but his independent career actually places him outside the Venetian art scene. He was certainly not as highly regarded in Venice as in the other towns where he worked, for he had a stylistic individuality, even an idiosyncratic style and, after his death, he gradually became neglected and then almost forgotten; this could be attributed to the fact that his oeuvre now remains in lesser known churches or in provincial museums. Biography[ edit ] Born in Venicehe worked in Treviso — ; in the Marches — ; in Rome — ; in Bergamo — ; in Venice — ; in Ancona and finally, as a Franciscan lay brother, in Loreto —
It probably dates to the mids, but has been dated as late as the s. It is a wedding gift for a couple of Bergamo or Venice. Such paintings were inspired by the classical tradition of wedding poetry.
Venus, lying on the ground and leaning on an elbow on a blue cloth, is accompanied by her son Cupid standing with his bow and quiver. He urinates on the bride through a crown of laurels of myrtle which she holds by a ribbon and below which is suspended a burning incense burner.
This urine stream is symbolic act, the meaning of which is to bring fertility, and which would have seemed humorous to contemporary viewers.
There is on a background of red hanging tied to a tree on which climbs ivy. Around them are scattered allegorical objects of marriage garland of myrtlefemininity rose, seashell, rose petalseternal love ivy.
The headdress of Venus, with the tiara, the veil and the earring, is typical of the Venetian brides of the sixteenth century. The pendant earring with a pearl is a symbol of purity. The gesture of Cupid that urinates through the crown on the belly of Venus is an erotic allusion to fertility.
The painting is Lotto's typically individual contribution to the emerging Venetian tradition of the recling nude, begun by the Dresden Venus by Giorgione and Titian.
The goddess shows no discomfort with her nakedness and looks at the spectator in the eye. In front of her are a stick and a snake. The goddess seems to bless the marrying couple, wishing them fertility, and preserving them from hidden dangers like the serpent.
This painting is not recorded until an image of it was published in the Directory of paintings of the Middle Ages and the Renaissance by Salomon Reinach inas being with a French dealer in In it was acquired by the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Before the purchase, the painting was cleaned at the Metropolitan, notably cleared of its repainting at the level of the headdress of Venus, draped on her right thigh and bouquet held by Cupid.This is a faithful photographic reproduction of a two-dimensional, public domain work of art.
The work of art itself is in the public domain for the following reason. Nov 25, · Cupid Peeing on Venus Few paintings are more amusing and more disturbing than Lorenzo Lotto’s Venus and Cupid. At first glance, most viewers are caught off g. Media in category "Venus and Cupid by Lotto" The following 10 files are in this category, out of 10 total.
Lorenzo Lotto’s () Venus and Cupid, ca. , (fig. 1) is an unconventional depiction of one of the more widely celebrated allegorical subjects of the High Renaissance in Italy.
The sensual aspects of Venus are certainly apparent, but also downplayed by the picture’s affable mood and. The National Gallery is the primary British national public art gallery, sited on Trafalgar Square, in central skybox2008.com is home to one of the world's greatest collections of Western European paintings.
Founded in , from an initial purchase of 36 paintings by the British Government, its collections have since grown to about 2, paintings by roughly artists dating from the midth. Page of Venus and Cupid by LOTTO, Lorenzo in the Web Gallery of Art, a searchable image collection and database of European painting, sculpture and architecture ().