|Also known as||Albano|
|Born||August 18, 1578 (Bologna, Italy)|
|Died||October 4, 1660 (Bologna, Italy)|
In 1621, Ferdinando Gonzaga, the Duke of Mantua, commissioned a series of The Story of Venus for his Villa Favorita. Completed in 1633, these pictures are enlarged versions of the round compositions of a cycle formerly executed for the prince Borghese towards 1615-17. The Toilet of Venus belongs to the series.