A truly wonderful, well painted and extremely decorative, very large scale, Late 18th century oil on canvas, indistinctly signed. The scene depicting Apollo at Vulcans Forge, the original by Diego De Velazquez and painted in 1630, which now hangs in the Museo Del Prado, Madrid, Spain. The painting depicts the moment when the god Apollo, visits Vulcan, who is forging armour for Mars the god of war. Vulcan looks in astonishment as Apollo tells him that his wife, Venus, is having an affair with Mars. The other figures in the room are looking in surprise, both at the sudden appearance of Apollo and the news that he brings.
Couple of holes, old repairs, overpainting, areas of flaking paint, true country house attic condition, all combining to make a truly beautiful decorative piece.
H 80" x W 112" x D 3"
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