Venus Frigida

Venus Frigida
Peter Paul Rubens (1577-1640) - Venus frigida (1611) - kmska 001 28-02-2010 14-30-37.jpg
ArtistPeter Paul Rubens
LocationRoyal Museum of Fine Arts, Antwerp

Venus Frigida (Cold Venus) is a 1611 oil on panel painting by Peter Paul Rubens, now in the Royal Museum of Fine Arts Antwerp. It is one of the few works which he both signed and dated and derives its title from a quotation from the Roman playwright Terence, "sine Cerere et Baccho friget Venus" ("without Ceres and Bacchus, Venus freezes") i.e. love cannot survive without food and wine). He draws Venus' crouched pose from what would later be called the Lely Venus, which he saw in the Gonzaga collection during his time in Mantua.

Cupid and his arrows are shown in front of Venus.


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