Lorenzo Lotto (1480-1556)
“Venus and Cupid” (1525)
Oil on canvas
Located in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City, New York, United States
Made a wedding gift, scattered around Venus and Cupid are allegorical objects of marriage (garland of myrtle), femininity (rose, seashell, rose petals), eternal love (ivy). The headdress of Venus, with the tiara, the veil and the earring, is typical of the Venetian brides of the sixteenth century. The pendant earring with a pearl is a symbol of purity. The gesture of Cupid urinating through the laurel crown onto the belly of Venus is an erotic allusion to fertility.