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Cupid restraining Mars
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Cupid restraining Mars

Circa 1640

Guercino (1591 - 1666)

Pen and ink on paper

Height: 22.7 cm; Width: 18.8 cm;

Numbered in graphite, lower left & recto, 11

Acquisition (source, method, date)
Witt, Robert Clermont (Sir); bequest; 1952

About this work
Mars, the Roman god of war, turns rapidly away from Cupid in an effort to resist his grip. His outstretched limbs and billowing cape convey the speed and energy of his action, as do the numerous lines radiating from his right hand that indicate the slashing of the sword blade. Guercino’s forceful penwork and numerous changes of line add to the powerful feeling of movement. (Permanent collection label)

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Copyright: © The Samuel Courtauld Trust, The Courtauld Gallery, London

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