Venus and Adonis
Titian - circa 1560
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Titian's use of colour made him the greatest of sixteenth-century Venetian painters and a source of inspiration for artists of his own era and for succeeding generations. Using colour to establish the composition of a painting and to describe the form and texture of objects, his works glow with a depth and richness of colour which has rarely been equalled. Choosing the classical myth which tells of the love of the goddess, Venus, for a mortal and youthful Adonis, Titian has expressed the tragedy of the story of the composition of the figures. Knowing that he will be killed in a hunting accident, Venus tries to restrain Adonis from leaving for a boar hunt. The line of her twisting figure counters the movement of Adonis as he prepares to depart, but the force of his action and the expectancy of the dogs predict that she will ultimately fail. This work is a copy made by Titian for the 1554 version in the Prado Museum, Madrid. A workshop copy also exists in the National Gallery, London.
Owner/Location: National Gallery of Art - Washington DC  (United States - Washington)
Dates: circa 1560
Artist age:Approximately 72 years old.
Dimensions: Height: 107 cm (42.13 in.), Width: 136 cm (53.54 in.)
Medium: Painting - oil on canvas
Entered by: Member laure9 on 12 November 2008.
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