Venus and Adonis

The goddess Venus conceived a hopeless passion for the beautiful mortal Adonis, and here implores him to stay and love her, rather than go hunting. Adonis was later accidentally killed and anemones sprung from his blood. Ovid, 'Metamorphoses' (X, 665-740). Cupid is in the background.

This painting is a good workshop copy of the one finished for Philip II of Spain in 1554 (Madrid, Prado).

The painting was purchased from the Angerstein collection.

Key facts

Artist dates
active about 1506; died 1576
Full title
Venus and Adonis
Date made
about 1554
Medium and support
Oil on canvas
177.9 x 188.9 cm
Acquisition credit
Bought, 1824
Inventory number
Location in Gallery