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Maker(s):Fragonard, Jean-Honoré
Culture:French (1732 - 1806)
Title:Venus in a Chariot
Date Made:1750-1753
Materials:black and red chalks with touches of blue and white chalks on dark beige antique laid paper, laid down on cream card faced with blue laid paper
Measurements:mount: 9 11/16 x 11 7/8 in.; 24.6063 x 30.1625 cm; sheet: 6 1/2 x 9 in.; 16.51 x 22.86 cm
Narrative Inscription:  unsigned, undated
Accession Number:  SC 1992.29
Credit Line:Gift of the family of Reyna Lander McGowen, class of 1953, in her memory
Museum Collection:  Smith College Museum of Art

nude woman lounging in an ornate chariot surrounded by putti

Label Text:
Label text for ARH 240 French and Italian Drawings Renaissance through Romanticism, written by Maggie Hoot, class of 2016:

These two early works by Fragonard reveal the range of his art throughout his career—reaching from mythology to religion—a span that is extended yet further in the later landscapes and genre drawing in the exhibition Drawn to Excellence on SCMA’s first floor. The drawing of Venus presents a whimsical theme with loose strokes characteristic of this preeminent Rococo artist. Conversely, the strict lines and shading in the study of Noah look back to the Renaissance, evoking Michelangelo’s Creation of Adam in the Sistine Chapel.

women; nudes; children; transportation; mythology

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