May 18, 2009
May 18, 2009
May 18, 2009

Landscape with Venus and Adonis

Landscape with Venus and Adonis


Gillis van Coninxloo

(Netherlandish, 1544–1607)

Oil on copper

Framed: 48.3 x 64.5 x 7 cm (19 x 25 3/8 x 2 3/4 in.); Unframed: 37.8 x 53.6 cm (14 7/8 x 21 1/8 in.)

Mr. and Mrs. William H. Marlatt Fund 1962.293


Venus, the goddess of love, is unsuccessful in dissuading her mortal lover Adonis from hunting the boar that would eventually kill him. The artist nestles this story in the foreground of an expansive view with Germanic architecture, rather than a classical setting. Woodlands were relatively new subjects in European painting and this work points toward the full-blown forested landscapes of the 1600s.

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