François Boucher

Venus with a Dove

1757
Of Boucher's female figures, one scholar wrote that they are not merely nude but "figures clothed in dazzling nudity." Boucher made many such drawings as studies for paintings and as finished works in their own right, to be sold to collectors with a taste for titillating female nudes disguised coyly as figures from Classical mythology. This particular design, one of his most popular subjects, exists in several versions and was later engraved.
Title
Venus with a Dove
Date
1757
Medium
Drawing
Materials
red, white, and black chalk on laid paper, laid down on laid paper
Dimensions
27.8 x 38.2 cm
Nationality
French
Credit line
Purchased 1957
Accession number
6897