Dr Plokta (drplokta) wrote,
Dr Plokta

Is There An Art Historian In The House?

Or can anyone else tell me why Sir Joshua Reynolds painted a work entitled "Venus Chiding Cupid for Learning to Cast Accounts"? Which is hanging in Kenwood House, just north of Hampstead Heath. And yes, it's exactly what the title implies -- Cupid holding what looks suspiciously like a spreadsheet (pre-computer variety) is being told off by Venus. Which begs a whole host of questions, like why Cupid was considering such a drastic career change and what exactly Venus objects to about accountancy.
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