Collection Online
oil on canvas
230.5 × 231.0 cm
Accession Number
International Painting
Credit Line
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Purchased through The Art Foundation of Victoria with the assistance of the Government of Victoria, 1988
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Gallery location
17th to 18th Century European Paintings Gallery
Level 2, NGV International

Ubaldo Giugni (dealer), Florence, by 1951 unknown private collection, Italy, after 1951 with Matthiesen Gallery (dealer), London, by 1986 exhibited Baroque III 1620–1700, Matthiesen Gallery, London, 1986, no. 29 as Venus Mocking Pan acquired from Matthiesen Gallery through the Art Foundation of Victoria, with the assistance of the Government of Victoria, 1988.

Many subjects have been suggested for this fascinating and enigmatic painting, among them ‘The Senses Reveal True Love’, ‘Pan and Syrinx’ or ‘Satyr and Nymph’, and ‘Beauty and Love Taming Wild Passion’. However, the subject appears to be allegorical rather than mythological, with the notion of ‘deceit’ being emphasised by the mask.