Venus and Adonis (Titian, Madrid)


Artist: Titian

Year: c. 1553

Venus and Adonis is an oil painting attributed to one of the greatest Italian artists Titian, who completed it in 1553. The painting is now in Madrid’s Museo del Prado. It is believed to be the part of a series of mythological paintings called “poesie” (“poems”).

The theme of the painting has been taken from Ovid with some modifications that shows Adonis leaving Venus, and vice versa. Here young Adonis, at the very morning, is leaving Venus with his dogs and Venus is desperately clung to him hoping he stays with her. The scene is also representation of the force of worldly affairs, which is far more powerful than love.

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