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ITALIAN SCHOOL. Dooooooo GIULIO ROMANO. ....... FRENCH MUSEUM.
VENUS AND VULCAN.
Giulio Romano's compositions present something of the grandeur of those of Raphael, of whom he was the favourite disciple but they have neither the grace nor the purity which this skilful master displayed in his works.
Giulio Romano's designing is generally less correct and less pure as to his colouring, it is neither so well blended nor so faithful as Raphael's.
Vulcan, seated near Venus, seems to derive pleasure in seeing the loves sport with the arms which he has forged for them. The god has also over his shoulder other arrows larger than those that Venus draws from the quiver of one of the loves: these may be supposed to be intended for Cupid, the tyrant of the heavens and earth, who so deeply wounds both gods and men. The figures, in this picture, are very beautiful, but, being painted on wood, are damaged in parts, and would require to be transferred to canvass.
This picture has been engraved by E. Morace.
Height, 14 inches; width, 9 inches.
N. B. It is by error that some of the impressions of the plate bear the title of VENUS AND CUPID.