Painting by Venus and Adonis, Titian, around 1553

Painting by Venus and Adonis, Titian, around 1553
Painting by Venus and Adonis, Titian, around 1553 - 1

  • Posted by Titian Vecellio
  • Museum: Prado Museum
  • Year: Around 1553

Overview of the painting :

Venus and Adonis are Titian. Around 1553. Oil on canvas. 186 × 207

   In a plot for a painting ordered by the Spanish king Philip II, Titian chose the tragic love story of Venus and Adonis. He finished this canvas in 1554.when his patron was in London on the occasion of his wedding with Maria I Tudor, Queen of England. The picture did not very harmonious with the wedding celebrations, but it was in full compliance with the king’s addiction to the naked female body. Previously, Titian sent Philip a picture of the naked Danai Anfas. In a letter to the king, he explained that by hanging both paintings nearby, he would be able to enjoy the beauty of the female body from different angles. Titian called this picture a poem: the plot is taken from mythology, but poetically processed. He portrayed a naked Venus clinging to a young hunter who does not pay attention to her pleas and is ready to go hunting at dawn. Cupid sleeps under a tree, while a fateful day comes with sunlight.

   Adonis. When Myrtle tricked her father into entering into an incestuous connection, the gods turned her into a tree to protect him from his anger. Time passed, the trunk of the tree split, and Adonis was born. Amazed by Cupid’s arrow, Venus fell madly in love with a beautiful young man. She knew the prophecy that Adonis would be killed on the hunt, and tried to prevent this misfortune, but Adonis was adamant in his intention to go hunting, where he was killed by a boar. After the death of Adonis, roses grew in place of drops of his blood, and anemones from the tears of Venus.