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Venus in the Forge of Vulcan Georg Raphael Donner (attributed to)


Georg Raphael Donner (attributed to) Esslingen, 1693 – Vienna, 1741

Date ca. 1735
Object type relief
Medium, technique tin and lead alloy

62.5 × 98 × 12 cm, 66 kg
with frame: 84 × 120 × 12 cm

Inventory number 5379
Collection Sculpture
On view This artwork is on view at the permanent exhibition

There are two large lead reliefs by this outstanding Austrian Baroque sculptor in the Sculpture Collection: the work shown here and its companion piece illustrating the Judgement of Paris. Both may be dated around 1735. Lead as a material is well suited to emphasising painterly effects and bringing out delicate, soft transitions. The relief presents mythological figures in a genre-like situation: on the left side muscular men raise hammers, while on the right Venus is accompanied by playing putti, next to them Vulcanus works by his anvil. The slender figure of Venus represents beauty in an everyday setting.
Miriam Szőcs

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