May 7, 2017
Anonymous, Venus and Cupid (After Van Orley), c.1550, etching, 6 1/4 x 5 3/16 inches. Brigham Young University Museum of Art, purchase/gift of the Mahonri M. Young Estate, 1959.
Bernard van Orley is speculated to having been born on this day sometime between 1487 and 1491. Van Orley painted during the Dutch and Flemish Renaissance movement, and took much inspiration from the Italian Renaissance. Much of his work was religious in nature, though some of his subjects (including today’s Artwork of the Day) were from classic mythology. Van Orley’s work were usually done as cartoon studies for tapestries and stained glass windows.