Sunday, May 02, 2010

Venus & Adonis Painting

Ferdinand Bol 1616 -1680

Venus and Adonis, c. 1657

(Rembrandt’s pupil)

Venus, goddess of love, en Cupid, her assistant, are trying to stop a man setting out to go hunting. His quiver of arrows is hanging on a tree to the right and his spear is at the ready. The hunter, Adonis, has his horn at his hip. Venus, his lover, is trying to stop him because she fears something will happen to him during the hunt. Ferdinand Bol painted two turtle doves in the foreground to emphasise that the two figures are lovers.

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