Venus and Cupid surprised by a satyr (Recto); Christ in glory (Verso)

WAG 5082


The pose of the Venus and Cupid is very close to that of the same two figures in Albani's Venus and Adonis in the Villa Borghese (No.44) This is one of the artworks presented by the Liverpool Royal Institution. Liverpool’s economic development grew directly from Britain’s involvement with transatlantic slavery: the kidnapping, enslavement and forced migration of people from West Africa to the Americas and many to the Caribbean. Many members of the Royal Institution made their fortunes directly through the trade or indirectly through the wider economy. This wealth was largely how they were able to bring rare art and treasures, such as this, to the city.