Jacques STELLA (Lyon, 1596 - Paris, 1657)...

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Jacques STELLA (Lyon, 1596 - Paris, 1657)...

Jacques STELLA (Lyon, 1596 - Paris, 1657)
The training of Love
Canvas.
Ancient restorations.
35 x 44 cm

We thank Mr. Sylvain Kesrpern for having examined this painting in person and for having given us the following details by e-mail on July 9, 2020: "Helping his son Cupid in the archery exercise, Venus raises his arm so that he reaches the leaf hanging on a dead tree, on which a heart is drawn. The subject is part of the iconography of the Scherzi or the Scuola d'amore, illustrated in particular by Odoardo Fialetti in Venice (1617) and by Pierre Scalberge in Paris (1638), dealing with the education of Love. Jacques Stella approached the theme in a painting representing Venus, Vulcan and Love (private collection) signed and dated - 164., the last number being difficult to interpret, in a different format. The pose of the goddess, strictly parallel to the plane of the image, is close in our painting. The finer and more severe profile as well as the type of the child, to be compared, for example, with those of the Judgement of Paris by Harford (1650), is later. As for the landscape, it evokes, through its combination of dense groves and isolated frail trees punctuating the composition, Stella's own taste, which can be seen, lastly, in the Landscape of the Ploughman, a gouache dated 1655 (Ottawa, Museum of Fine Arts) and his Pastorales, known through paintings and drawings and, for the most part, through the engravings of his niece Claudine Bouzonnet Stella.

Another version of our composition in height is known, a probable copy associated as a counterpart to a Venus offering a fruit to Cupid, in which the goddess is not dressed in the white tunic, as in Venus, Vulcan and Love, for that matter. The draping, very much in the spirit of Stella for the blue cloak, is less consistent for the white, which could therefore be a repaint of modesty. A third subject showing Cupid taillan
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