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Venus with the signs of Libra and Taurus
Facchetti, Pietro (Copy after Raphael (Raffaello Sanzio))
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Facchetti, Pietro (Copy after Raphael (Raffaello Sanzio))

Venus with the signs of Libra and Taurus

XVI century. Oil on canvas Not on display

The planet Venus, accompanied by a torch-bearing child, represents the morning star. Behind them, a fragment of the Zodiac presents the signs of Libra and Taurus. At the top, a winged figure rests his extended arms on the ring.

This painting and its companions (P306 to P312) are copies of cartoons for the mosaics at the Chigi Chapel in the Roman church of Santa Maria del Popolo. Those cartoons were made by Raphael and the mosaics, by Alvise della Pace in 1516.

The paintings are from the royal collections and were brought to Spain by Rubens in 1603 as gifts from the Duke of Mantua to the Duke of Lerma. They were part of the decoration of Philip IV´s Salón Planetario (Planetary Hall) at the Buen Retiro Palace.

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Facchetti, Pietro (Copy after Raphael (Raffaello Sanzio))
Venus with the signs of Libra and Taurus
XVI century
Height: 174 cm.; Width: 130 cm.
Copias de los Cartones para mosaicos de la Capilla Chigi, Santa María del Popolo, Roma
Royal Collection

Bibliography +

Inventario Palacio Nuevo. 1794, Madrid, 1794.

Madrazo, Pedro de, Viaje artístico de tres siglos por las colecciones de cuadro, Daniel Cortezo y Cª, Barcelona, 1884, pp. 102.

Martín González, Juan José1923-2009, Exposicion Conmemorativa del IV Centenario del Nacimiento de, Direccion General del Patrimonio..., Valladolid, 1977.

Barghahn, Barbara Von, Philip IV and the Golden House of the Buen Retiro in the Tradition of Caesar, Garland PublishingInc, Nueva York. Londres, 1986, pp. 209/ lám.813.

Museo Nacional del Prado, Museo del Prado: inventario general de pinturas, Museo del Prado, Espasa Calpe, Madrid, 1990, pp. nº16.

Ruiz Manero, Jose María, Pintura italiana del siglo XVI en España, Fundación Universitaria Española, Madrid, 1996, pp. 130.

Other inventories +

Inv. Testamentaría Carlos III, Buen Retiro, 1794. Núm. 822.
Otra [pintura], del Planeta Venus, con el Signo de Libra y Tauro, de dos varas de alto, y vara y media de ancho...250

Catálogo Museo del Prado, 1854-1858. Núm. 16.

Inv. Real Museo, 1857. Núm. 16.
Copia de Rafael. / 16. Venus, con los signos libra y toro. / Alto 6 pies, 3 pulg; ancho 4 pies, 8 pulg.

Catálogo Museo del Prado, 1872-1907. Núm. 378.

Catálogo Museo del Prado, 1910. Núm. 310.

Catálogo Museo del Prado, 1942-1996. Núm. 310.

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Update date: 03-05-2019 | Registry created on 24-08-2015

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