Jul 29, 2020
Jul 29, 2020

Hymn to Venus

Hymn to Venus

c. 1760–65

Louis Felix de la Rue

(French, 1731–1765)

Pen and brown ink over red chalk (?) on antique laid paper

Sheet: 38.8 x 44.2 cm (15 1/4 x 17 3/8 in.)

Bequest of Muriel Butkin 2019.253


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The verso of this drawing is covered in the artist’s calculations and notations, suggesting that he reused a sheet found in his studio to create it.


Louis Félix de La Rue came from a family of artists and was best known for creating designs for decorative arts, such as ceramics. This sheet—which features putti and bacchantes, the artist’s preferred subjects—likely served such a purpose, given its allover composition and focus on patterning and symmetry.

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