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Plaquette - Mars and Venus
  • Mars and Venus
    Cobaert, Jacob Cornelisz, born 1535 - died 1615
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Mars and Venus

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Italy (probably, made)

  • Date:

    1590-1610 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Cobaert, Jacob Cornelisz, born 1535 - died 1615 (sculptor)
    Porta, Guglielmo della (designer)

  • Materials and Techniques:


  • Credit Line:

    Purchased by the John Webb Trust

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This plaquette depicting Mars and Venus; the Forge of Vulcan was probably made by Jakob Cornelisz Cobaert (active 1568-1615) in Rome, in about 1590-1610. This was made after a design by Guglielmo Della Porta (active 1531-1577).

Physical description

Bronze plaquette depicting Mars and Venus. On the right under a tree hung with drapery are Mars and Venus embracing. They are already in the net which is held by Vulcan who sits in the centre. Nearby Cupid has Mars' shield. On the left three cyclopes at Vulcan's forge, in the background two women, and above, Apollo in the chariot of the sun, with other gods. The plaque is damaged on the right.

Place of Origin

Italy (probably, made)


1590-1610 (made)


Cobaert, Jacob Cornelisz, born 1535 - died 1615 (sculptor)
Porta, Guglielmo della (designer)

Materials and Techniques



Height: 13.5 cm, Width: 14.5 cm

Descriptive line

Bronze plaquette depicting Mars and Venus, probably by J C Cobaert, Italo-Flemish, 1590-1610

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Ivoires du musée du Louvre 1480-1850; une collection inédite. Paris, 2005. p. 114.
Victoria and Albert Museum, Review of the Principal Acquisitions During the Year 1929. London. p. 6.
Cf. Planiscig, L. Die Estensische Kunstsammlung. Wien, 1919. no. 403.

Subjects depicted

Cyclopes; Nets (objects); Forges


Sculpture; Coins & Medals; Myths & Legends


Sculpture Collection

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