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Venus preparing herself

Venus preparing herself
(La Toilette de Vénus)

oil on canvas
247.0 × 205.0 cm
inscribed in brown paint l.r.: Ja, li (li above a) Regnault, ft. 1815.
Accession Number
International Painting
Credit Line
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Felton Bequest, 2000
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Gallery location
Not on display
Subjects (general)
Human Figures Religion and Mythology
Subjects (specific)
beauty deities narrative art nudes (representations) putti (motifs) sexuality toilette (activity) Venus (Roman deity)

Remained with the artist until his death, 1829; included in the artist's studio sale, Bonnefons, Paris, 1-3 March, 1830, no. 20; purchased by Jean-Francois Regnault (1789–1843, son of the artist), 1830–43; posthumous inventory of Jean-Francois Regnault, Paris, 1843; by descent to Antoine-Louis Regnault (1788–1856, son of artist), 1843–56; Antoine-Louis Regnault estate sale, 24 January 1857, no. 29 as La Toílette de Vénus; allegedly with Jacques Seligmann (dealer-collector), Paris (dates unknown); allegedly in the collection of William Randolph Hearst until 1950; acquired by Dr. Siegfried Aram (dealer), New York, October 1950; collection of Walter P. Chrysler, Jnr, 1950–89; included in Walter P Chrysler Jnr estate sale, Sotheby's, New York, 1 June 1989, no. 106; purchased by Richard L. Feigen, New York (dealer), 1989; from whom acquired for the Felton Bequest, 1998.