Mythological and biblical subjects occupied a significant place in the artist's work. However, a deep insight into the issues of psychology made it possible to create surprisingly lively, realistic images.
The Feast of Venus is one of three paintings that were conceived as a cycle, commissioned by the Duke Alfonso d’Este. The canvases were intended for placement in the alabaster office of his residence. This affected the composition, where the figure of the statue of Venus was moved to the right, which allows you to concentrate on the cupids and the landscape spreading behind them.
Bright colors, amazing plasticity of each figure and the mass of details written out in detail creates a surprisingly realistic image. A fictional plot in front of our eyes turns into an almost everyday mise-en-scene. It seems that each character in the picture actually lives, has fun and enjoys the beauty and splendor of nature. Each baby figure is highlighted with the help of chiaroscuro; they frolic on the grass among the rolled red-sided apples. The blue strip of sky and tall trees that are located on the left and the static figure of the marble Venus on the left serve as a natural setting for the meadow.
The contrast between the indifferent stone of the statue and the riot of life of cupids is emphasized by different shades of the same color. The inanimate reflection of the statue, watching the action in the meadow and the warm colors of the figures of cupids, bathed in sunlight, attracts the eye. And it makes you peer over and over again in a futile attempt to unravel the secret of the mastery of the great Renaissance artist.
Rylova In the Blue Expanse