Mythological Scene

Incidents in the background seem to illustrate the life of Adonis. However, the main figures may be Hippomenes and Atalanta, whose story Ovid links with that of Adonis.

The virgin huntress Atalanta used to challenge her suitors to race with her. Hippomenes won the race (and Atalanta) by throwing down golden apples as he ran, which had been given to him by Venus.

Key facts

Artist
Artist dates
active about 1506; died 1576
Full title
Mythological Scene
Date made
probably 1530-1600
Medium and support
Oil on wood
Dimensions
76.2 x 132.1 cm
Acquisition credit
Bought, 1882
Inventory number
NG1123
Location in Gallery