Giovanni Battista Scultori
Mars and Venus
283 × 202 mm
Museum of Fine Arts, Budapest 5269
Giovanni Battista Scultori started his career in the Mantuan workshop of Giulio Romano, executing stuccoes in the Palazzo del Tè. Later, as an engraver, he also primarily followed his master’s inventions. The Mars and Venus was also inspired by Giulio’s erotic compositions, most directly his painting of the same subject made for his patron, prince Federico II Gonzaga (Saint Petersburg, Hermitage).