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Venus and Adonis
Workshop of Titian

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 Workshop of Titian
Artist dates active about 1506; died 1576
Full title Venus and Adonis
Date made about 1554
Medium and support Oil on canvas
Dimensions 177.9 x 188.9 cm
Acquisition credit Bought, 1824
Inventory number NG34
Location in Gallery Room 9
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