Venus giving Arms to Aeneas
Giovanni Battista Pittoni the younger (Venice 1687 - Venice 1767)
Oil painting on canvas, Venus giving Arms to Aeneas by Giovanni Battista Pittoni (1687-1767), 1710-20. On left Aeneas, wearing armour, helmet and red cloak, kneels before the goddess Venus (his mother), who holds a bow and takes a sword. She, recumbent from right to left on a cloud, rests on her left arm while pointing with her right, and looks down at two cupids, one with face buried in a dove, the other blindfold laying with sheaf of arrows. In moulded gilt frame.
Lucas Collection, Alexandria, Egypt; Colnaghi, 1962; by whom sold to Lord & Lady Iliffe; by whom presented to the National Trust, together with the house and grounds of Basildon Park, and a substantial part of their collection of paintings, in 1979
Basildon Park, The Iliffe Collection (National Trust)
Makers and roles
Giovanni Battista Pittoni the younger (Venice 1687 - Venice 1767) , artist
Fiocco 1935 Giuseppe Fiocco, G. B. Pittoni and Jacopo Amigoni ad Allessandria d'Egitto, 1935 Palluchini 1945 Rudolfo Palluchini, I Disegni di Giambattista Pittoni, 1945, p, 15, pl. III.