Venus and Adonis, , c. 1585 - c. 1590
Venus, the goddess of love, did not want her lover Adonis to go hunting. She was afraid that he would come to harm. Her fears were justified: Adonis was killed by a wild boar. The tall, slender figures with small heads typify Spranger’s elegant Mannerist style. The landscape is curiously old-fashioned; it was copied from an early 16th-century painting.