Venus and Adonis, Paolo Veronese – overview of the painting

Venus and Adonis, Paolo Veronese – overview of the painting
Venus and Adonis, Paolo Veronese - overview of the painting - 1

  • Posted by Paolo Veronese
  • Museum: Prado Museum
  • Year: Around 1580

Overview of the painting :

Venus and Adonis – Paolo Veronese. Around 1580. Oil on canvas. 162×191

   The artistic manner of Veronese (1528-1588) is distinguished by the subtlety of the pattern, the plasticity of the form, the complexity of the color combinations on a light-bearing background. The work of this most prominent painter of the Venetian school sums up the art of the Late Renaissance.

   Adonis, beloved goddess of love of Venus, was the son of the king of Cyprus. With his beauty, he overshadowed even the gods of the Olympians. When Adonis died on the hunt, Zeus regretted the heartbroken Venus and commanded Aida to temporarily let the handsome man out of the kingdom of the dead. Since then, Adonis has been forced to lead a double life.

   Favorite heroes are the semantic center of the picture, and dogs, one of which is napping at the feet of the goddess, and playing with the other Amur fill the image with peace. The canvas is made in warm range. The thick colors of the evening sky, the green foliage and the bright red robe of Adonis contrast with the creamy whitewashed body of Venus. In the powerful sound of saturated colors, the mature talent of the painter is revealed.