Rubens started this painting of Venus, Cupid, Bacchus and Ceres in 1612 and finished it in 1613. It measures 200×141 cm and now hangs in Kassel in the Staatliche Kunstsammlungen.

Rubens executed this painting after his stay with the Gonzaga at Mantua, where he saw the Crouching Venus that later came into the possession of Sir Peter Lely and is now known under his name.

The whole allegory should probably be understood in context, and contrast, with the Sine Cerere et Baccho friget Venus motif: Venus and Cupid (love), Bacchus (wine) and Ceres (food) all contributing to a good life.

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