Venus Urging Cupid to Shoot his Arrow at Pluto

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Venus, the goddess of love, urges her son Cupid to shoot his arrow at Pluto, ruler of the underworld. Pluto thus becomes inflamed with love for Proserpine, the daughter of a god, whom he carries off to his dark underworld kingdom. The drawing served as a model for an engraving by Crispijn van de Passe the Younger. This engraving was part of a series of illustrations for Ovid’s Metamorphoses. Date: 1586 – 1639. Object ID: RP-T-1918-229.

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