Venus and Cupid
Michele Tosini (1503-1577), after Michelangelo Buonarroti (1475-1564), Venus and Cupid. Photo © National Gallery of IrelandCredit

'Venus and Cupid' by Michele Tosini

16th century
135 x 193 cm
Oil on panel
Presented, 1864

Stop 15 on the First Fortnight Art Trail

This painting is a copy of an original design by Michelangelo dating from 1532. The theme is the relationship between love and deceit; Venus is shown surreptitiously sliding an arrow from Cupid’s quiver while she kisses him.

Much of Michelangelo’s work is considered to be touched by personal and emotional conflict. In Michelangelo's own diaries he described himself as being ‘beset by a thousand anxieties’ and having failed to experience a moment of happiness in fifteen years. However, the artist seemed, paradoxically, to find a kind of solace in his own suffering. He noted in his later poetry: ‘I get my happiness from my own dejection’.

On display in Room 27, Beit Wing, Level 3

About First Fortnight Festival

First Fortnight is a charity that challenges mental health prejudice through arts and cultural action. In January 2019, the National Gallery of Ireland is offering an education and engagement programme of events focusing on mindfulness and mental health. This Art Trail is part of the programme. See the full programme of First Fortnight events at the Gallery