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Prince Albert used photography to document exhibitions and works of art

Caldesi & Montecchi (active 1857-67)

'Venus and Cupid' 1857

Albumen print | 15.6 x 23.4 cm (image) | RCIN 2081444

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Photograph of a painting depicting Venus and Cupid. A nude Venus is seated on clouds, her back facing the viewer. She turns her head to gaze at the viewer. An infant Cupid features on the left side of the painting. Two doves are depicted flying in the upper half of the painting.

At the time of the photograph, the painting was attributed to Guido Reni (1575-1642).

  • Creator(s)

    Caldesi & Montecchi (active 1857-67) (photographer)

  • 15.6 x 23.4 cm (image)

    54.5 x 35.3 cm (page dimensions)

  • Presented to Prince Albert

  • Object type(s)
      • visual works
        • albums
          • photograph albums
    Subject(s)
    • Religion & Theology
      • Religions and faiths
        • Religions of antiquity
          • Classical mythology
            • Venus (mythology)
            • Cupid
    • Natural Sciences & Mathematics
      • Zoology
        • Animals
          • Birds
            • Pigeons & doves
              • Doves
      • Earth sciences
        • Meteorology
          • Clouds