Exhibitions/ Art Object

Venus and Mars Embracing as Vulcan Works at His Forge

Artist:
Enea Vico (Italian, Parma 1523–1567 Ferrara)
Artist:
After Parmigianino (Girolamo Francesco Maria Mazzola) (Italian, Parma 1503–1540 Casalmaggiore)
Published in:
Rome
Date:
1543
Medium:
Engraving
Dimensions:
Sheet: 9 1/16 x 12 7/8 in. (23 x 32.7 cm)
Classification:
Prints
Credit Line:
The Elisha Whittelsey Collection, The Elisha Whittelsey Fund, 1949
Accession Number:
49.97.351
Not on view
The beautiful Venus (the Greek Aphrodite) was oddly matched with the lame blacksmith Vulcan the Greek Hephaistos), a virtuoso metalworker who forged Cupid's potent arrows as well as the armor of the gods and heroes. When Vulcan learned of his wife's affair with Mars (the Greek Ares), he retaliated by fashioning a net of metal so fine that it could not be seen and laying it over a bed to trap the lovers. This print shows him crafting the invisible links, while Venus and Mars carry on, oblivious to his presence.
Signature: On window sill: AE. V. 1543; on floor: FRANC. PARM. IN.
Bartsch XV.294.27; TIB.30.38.27-1
Related Objects

Marcia Fulvia

Artist: Engraved by Enea Vico (Italian, Parma 1523–1567 Ferrara) Date: 1557 Medium: Engraving Accession: 53.600.51(44) On view in:Not on view

Julia

Artist: Engraved by Enea Vico (Italian, Parma 1523–1567 Ferrara) Date: 1557 Medium: Engraving Accession: 53.600.51(45) On view in:Not on view

Antique Ewer with a Spout in the Shape of a Dog (?) Holding Up a Plate in his Mouth, from a Series of Vases after the Antique

Artist: Enea Vico (Italian, Parma 1523–1567 Ferrara) Date: 1543 Medium: Engraving [Early edition of the first state] Accession: 26.50.1(26) On view in:Not on view

Antique Ewer with a Handle in the Shape of Two Snakes coming from the Head of Medusa below, from Vases after the Antique

Artist: Enea Vico (Italian, Parma 1523–1567 Ferrara) Date: 1543 Medium: Engraving [very early edition of the first state] Accession: 26.50.1(25) On view in:Not on view

Antique Ewer with a Handle in the Shape of Two Snakes encircling a Man Holding a Sea Shell by his Mouth to form the Spout, from a series of Vases after the Antique

Artist: Enea Vico (Italian, Parma 1523–1567 Ferrara) Date: 1543 Medium: Engraving [early edition of the first state] Accession: 26.50.1(32) On view in:Not on view