Venus and Adonis, Bartholomeus Spranger, c. 1585 - c. 1590

Venus and Adonis, Bartholomeus Spranger, c. 1585 - c. 1590

oil on panel, h 135cm × w 109cm More details

Venus, the goddess of love, warns her lover Adonis of the danger of the hunt. In vain, however, for he is killed by a wild boar. On the left, Cupid, the god of love, already gestures in despair. The tall, slender figures with small heads are characteristic of Spranger’s style. The hilly landscape is ‘old-fashioned’: the artist derived it from an early 16th-century painting.

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