Amor mit zwei Hunden
Paolo Veronese (Paolo Caliari) (1528-1588)

Amor mit zwei Hunden,

1575/80
Material / Technology / Carrier
Leinwand
Dimensions of the object
100 x 134 cm
Displayed
Not on display
Genre
Malerei
Inventory number
29
Acquisition
Aus der Kurfürstlichen Galerie
Stock
Bayerische Staatsgemäldesammlungen - Alte Pinakothek München
Citation
Paolo Veronese (Paolo Caliari), Amor mit zwei Hunden, 1575/80, Bayerische Staatsgemäldesammlungen - Alte Pinakothek München, URL: https://www.sammlung.pinakothek.de/en/artwork/M0xyYawxpl (Last updated on 24.08.2022)
The little god of love, Cupid, is holding two magnificent pedigree dogs on a chain. The unrealistic difference in strength is the underlying meaning of this picture. Do the dogs stand for loyalty and libidinousness and consequently for the ambivalence of love? Or do they stand for the transition from lust to virtuous love? Such enigmatic qualities were in keeping with the taste of educated collectors in the sixteenth century. Veronese is probably working on a subject from the humanist literature of his time, combining it with an innovative form of naturalism.

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