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Friday, March 29, 2013

THEMED PAINTINGS - Venus and Adonis


Venus and Adonis in painting

Even as the sun with purple-colour'd face
Had ta'en his last leave of the weeping morn,
Rose-cheek'd Adonis hied him to the chase;
Hunting he loved, but love he laugh'd to scorn;
Sick-thoughted Venus makes amain unto him,
And like a bold-faced suitor 'gins to woo him.
Hendrick de Clerck, Flemish, 1570-1629. Venus and Adonis.
Venus and Adonis by Titian, Italian High Renaissance Painter, 1485-1576

'Vouchsafe, thou wonder, to alight thy steed,
And rein his proud head to the saddle-bow;
If thou wilt deign this favour, for thy meed
A thousand honey secrets shalt thou know:
Here come and sit, where never serpent hisses,
And being set, I'll smother thee with kisses...

As Adonis is preparing to go hunting, Venus "seizeth on his sweating palm" and "Backward she push'd him, as she would be thrust" (for purposes of sexual intercourse). We find next that "Panting he lies, and breatheth in her face," while Venus tells him "Be bold to play, our sport is not in sight." She persuades him to kiss her, although Adonis is not very interested, thinking he is too young, and cares only for hunting. After they part, Adonis is soon killed in a hunting "accident".
Abraham Bloemaert, 1564–1651. Venus and Adonis
Annibale Carracci. Venus, Adonis and Cupid.


Peter Paul Rubens, Venus and Adonis
Hendrick Goltzius. Venus and Adonis, 1614.
Jacob Adriaensz Backer, Venus and Adonis
 Jean Francois de Troy, Venus and Adonis
 Paolo Veronese. Venus and Adonis
Venus and Cupid Lamenting the Dead Adonis,  painting by Cornelis Holsteyn, 1647
Cambiaso Luca. Venus and Adonis

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