The Birth of Venus, Follower of Giovanni Francesco Romanelli (1610-1662).

Oil on canvas, 42.5cm by 30.5cm.

The painting, probably purchased by Brownlow, 9th Earl of Exeter (1725-1793), as by Titian, appears in the 1763 Burghley Inventory: ‘The Japan Closet…Venus rising from ye Sea Titian.’

The mythological goddess Venus, celebrated for her exquisite beauty, was said to have emerged from the sea fully formed at birth.


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