French Sculpture Census

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FALCONET, Etienne-Maurice
Paris 1716 - Paris 1791

La Punition de l'Amour
The Punishment of Cupid


14 5/16 x 7 1/16; accessory size: 4 1/2

Acc. No. : 1942.9.116
Credit Line : Widener Collection

Washington, D.C., District of Columbia, The National Gallery of Art


  • Duveen Brothers, Inc., London and New York
  • 1903, 1 January, sold to Peter A.B. Widener, Lynnewood Hall, Elkins Park, Pennsylvania
  • by inheritance from Estate of Peter A.B. Widener by gift through power of appointment of Joseph E. Widener, Elkins Park, Pennsylvania
  • 1942, gift to National Gallery of Art, Washington.


  • Museum's website, 21 July 2011
  • 1900 Guérinet
    Armand Guérinet, Matériaux et documents d'art decoratif: Oeuvres de Bronzes R. Wallace, arts decoratifs, etc. Paris, 1900, p. 140
  • 1942 NGA Washington
    Works of Art from the Widener Collection. Foreword by David Finley and John Walker, National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1942, p. 8
  • 1948 NGA Washington
    Paintings and Sculpture from the Widener Collection, National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1948 (reprinted 1959), p. 133, repr.
  • 1965 NGA Washington
    Summary Catalogue of European Paintings and Sculpture. National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1965, p. 154
  • 1968 NGA Washington
    European Paintings and Sculpture, Illustrations. National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1968, p. 137, repr.
  • 1994 NGA Washington
    Sculpture: An Illustrated Catalogue, National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1994, p. 82, repr.
  • 1995 Hercz
    Robert Hercz, "Bum Rap.", Saturday Night 110, 1995, p. 20, repr.

Related Works

Pendant: Marble, Venus Nursing Cupid, Wallace Collection, London.
Versions in the Frick Collection in New York.
A signed replica is in the Robert de Rothschild Collection in Paris.
Another replica is in the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston.
A French group of Venus and Cupid, after Falconet, sold by Christie's, London, 18 March 1993, lot 33.
Louis Réau (Etienne Falconet, 1922, p. 237-238) considers the Rothschild version original and the Wallace and Boston groups studio replicas.


Curatorial file in NGA, 25 July 2011:
The nude Venus steps over the base of a treestump, and holds the little Amour over her left leg, his knees supported against the tree, which is covered with a drapery. She has raised his shirt and is about to chastise him with a bunch of roses held in hand supplicatingly. [...] The companion piece to this group is Venus nursing Cupid. (Lynnewood hall file [Widener collection], revised catalogue)