Lot 3
  • 3

After Luca Cambiaso

4,000 - 6,000 USD
9,375 USD
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  • After Luca Cambiaso
  • Venus disarming Cupid
  • oil on canvas
  • 58 by 40 in.; ****************
oil on canvas


Anonymous sale, London, Christie's, 4 August 1916, lot 134 (as Correggio);
Mr. Jack and Mrs. Eileen Feather, California;
Thence by descent to the present owner.


C. Wright, 'A Catalogue of the Old Master Paintings in the Collection of Mr. and Mrs. J.V. Feather at Bridley Manor', Surrey 1974, no. 10.

Catalogue Note

This painting is a copy after a composition by Luca Cambiaso, a famous version of which was formerly attributed to Correggio and owned by Sir William Hamilton. Another painting with the same composition by Cambiaso was most recently offered in London, Christie's, 6 July 2017, lot 33. The sheer number of recorded versions and copies of this composition is a testament to its popularity.

A note on the provenance:

Jack and Eileen Feather met and fell in love as teenagers in their home town of Omaha, Nebraska. When they married, days after Jack's 19th birthday, Eileen was working as a bank clerk and Jack was pursuing a degree in English on his way to becoming a teacher. Soon after the birth of their first child, Jack and Eileen moved to California so that Jack could continue his education at UC Berkeley. Shortly thereafter Jack was diagnosed with polio, leaving him bedridden for months. Jack’s recovery efforts kindled an interest in physical fitness and led to his innovating new exercises to help regain strength. Eileen began exercising with Jack, acting as his tireless workout partner, motivator, and collaborator; their pioneering exercises helped him make a full recovery and feeling stronger than ever.

In an effort to allow them to share their knowledge and help people, Jack and Eileen decided to start a business together, and the Eileen Feather Figure Salon was created. Soon, through their talent and determination, the salon grew to become an extremely successful franchise and Eileen herself became an icon of health, beauty and self-made success. When it came to Jack and Eileen enjoying the privileges of their success, they always thought of ways to broaden their horizons through art. Together they started a lovely collection of Old Masters full of historical portraits, mythological allegories, religious scenes, and breathtaking landscapes. Besides their remarkable taste in art, the collection reflects and honors their lifelong partnership.