Bronzino, An Allegory with Venus and Cupid

Agnolo di Cosimo Bronzino, An Allegory with Venus and Cupid, c. 1545, oil on panel, 146.1 x 116.2cm (National Gallery, London)

This passage by Vasari is most likely related to this canvas:

And he painted a picture of singular beauty that was sent to King Francis in France, wherein was a nude Venus, with a Cupid who was kissing her, and Pleasure on one side with Play and other Loves, and on the other side Fraud and Jealousy and other passions of love.

Giorgio Vasari, Lives of the most Eminent Painters Sculptors and Architects, volume 10, trans: Gaston du C. De Vere (London: Medici Society, 1912-15)

Cite this page as: Dr. Beth Harris and Dr. Steven Zucker, "Bronzino, An Allegory with Venus and Cupid," in Smarthistory, December 11, 2015, accessed June 7, 2023,