Venus, the goddess of love, is shown with the Three Graces (the daughters of Zeus who personified beauty, charm and grace) and Cupid.

Reni designed the picture and executed parts of it (at least the figure of Venus). The painting is perhaps identifiable with a work that Reni is recorded as having made in 1622 for the Duke of Mantua.

Key facts

Artist
Artist dates
1575 - 1642
Full title
The Toilet of Venus
Date made
about 1620-5
Medium and support
Oil on canvas
Dimensions
281.9 x 205.7 cm
Acquisition credit
Presented by William IV, 1836
Inventory number
NG90
Location in Gallery