Mars and Venus

Venus was the goddess of Love and Mars the god of War. Venus was the wife of Vulcan and her adultery with Mars was notorious. The hairstyle of the goddess in the painting suggests the approximate dating.

Key facts

Artist dates
1554 - 1628
Full title
Mars and Venus
Date made
about 1590
Medium and support
Oil on canvas
132.7 x 168.4 cm
Acquisition credit
Presented by the Duke of Northumberland, 1838
Inventory number
Location in Gallery