• Venus Resting with Cupid
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Venus Resting with Cupid

1st half of the 18th c.
Object type
95,0 x 114,0 cm
Officer Cadets School
Marks and inscriptions
red number 1265 of the Stanisław August collection, bottom right
Place of Origin
Rome (Italy)
The Royal Łazienki
Museum number
ŁKr 1450
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Most of them [works by Pesci] are religious paintings, either of a large format designated for churches, or smaller works for private devotion. However, it is possible to distinguish a small group of cabinet pictures of which the Łazienki Venus Resting is an example. Although most of them depict biblical scenes, they are of a genre character, showing nudes of a similar anatomical type, with a characteristically arched body, set against a landscape background. … The present painting seems to be one of the few recognized works to date by Pesci depicting a mythological subject. Others include Diana with Nymphs Surprised by Actaeon (Christie’s, London, 26 October 1973, lot no. 129 … ) and the paintings known from Anthony M. Clark’s account: Callisto Bathing… , as well as two heads of satyrs, recorded in 1722 in the posthumous inventory of the Roman goldsmith, Giovanni Giardini … .

The painting may have come into the Stanisław August collection on the advice of Marcello Bacciarelli who, as a Roman, could have encouraged the king to buy paintings made by his fellow countrymen. …

Resting Venus is one of very few paintings from the king’s collection which, after being sold in the early 19th-century at one of the sales of the king’s legacy, have returned to the Łazienki collection. … [D. Juszczak, H. Małachowicz, The Stanisław August Collection of Paintings at the Royal Łazienki. Catalogue, Royal Łazienki Museum, Warsaw 2016, no. 83, pp. 313–314.]

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