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A Continental Mythological Antique Oil on Canvas of Venus and Adonis

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A 19th century Continental Mythological Oil painting on Canvas of Aphrodite and Adonis, after the 16th century painting by Titian (now in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York)

Circa 1850

Dimensions:
Frame: 57.5" x 56"
Canvas: 47 1/4" x 45 3/4"

Venus fell desperately in love with Adonis and was chasing him to mate with him, but Adonis was more interested in hunting. Aphrodite begged Adonis to give up the dangerous sports he enjoyed because she could not bear to lose him, knowing that the young man would have a terrible end. Adonis ignored her advice and was killed while hunting by a wild boar, that was actually God Ares.
Aphrodite is the ancient Greek goddess of sexual love and beauty, identified with Venus by the Romans. She was known primarily as a goddess of love and fertility and occasionally presided over marriage.

Tiziano Vecelli or Vecellio, known in English as Titian, was a Venetian painter during the Renaissance, considered the most important member of the 16th-century Venetian school. He was born in Pieve di Cadore, near Belluno. During his lifetime he was often called da Cadore, 'from Cadore', taken from his native region