Venus at Vulcan

A French painter named Francois Boucher, well-known for his
rococo style paintings that commonly portrayed rustic and
mythological scenes. Francois Boucher was born in France. He
was the son of a lace designer. His greatest influence when
growing up was Antoine Watteau. He admired his delicate style
of painting. When Bocher grew up he decided to leave France
and off to Rome. In Rome hestudiedwith the painter Francois
Le Moyne. In 1723 wonthe "Prix De Rome". He studied in Rome
from 1727 to 1731.When Bocher returned to France he
created overhundreds of paintings. Boucher's work caught
the eye of the royals, he was madefirst painter to the king. He
became the director of the Royal Academy, and designer for
the Royal Porcelain Works. Boucher's work also was a delight to
the public, they enjoyed his delicate depictions of divinities. He
was also considered the most fashionable painter of his time.
One of his greatest paintings is the "Venus at Vulcan's Forge."
Boucher was very ill while in the process of painting this work,
and he had only a year to live. His illness did not effect the
outcome of his painting. This painting was inspired by Virgil's
narrative in the eighth book of The Aeneid, "in which Venus
induces Vulcan to forge the arms for her mortal son Aeneas,
champion of the Torjans against the the Greeks. Vulcan strains
forward, presenting the sword toward Venus with a sense of
urgency and yearning clearly visible on his face. Seized by
passion, he is totally under the sway of Venus , a fact Boucher
stresses by the doves and putto reclining on his lap and by the
putto on Venus's side, who aims his arrow directly at Vulcan's
heart. Vulcan has succumbed to love, a fire more subtle and
more powerful that that with which he forges s