Venus and Adonis

size(cm): 45x50
Sale price£148 GBP


Peter Paul Rubens' painting Venus and Adonis is a masterpiece of Baroque art noted for its rich composition, vibrant color palette, and moving narrative. This work, which has an original size of 83 x 91 cm, represents the moment when Venus, the goddess of love, tries to stop her beloved Adonis from going on a wild boar hunt, which will ultimately kill him.

Rubens, one of the most important artists of the 17th century, is known for his ability to create dynamic compositions full of movement. In Venus and Adonis, we can see how the figure of Venus throws herself on Adonis's body, trying to stop him with all her might. The position of the bodies, the tension in the muscles and the expressions on the faces convey a great emotional intensity, which makes the painting very impressive.

Besides composition, color is another prominent aspect of Venus and Adonis. Rubens used a palette of warm and vibrant tones, which contrast with the dark tones of nature that surrounds the characters. The intense and saturated colors of the clothes of Venus and Adonis, as well as the bright skin tones of both characters, create a sense of vitality and passion that reinforces the narrative of the work.

Regarding the history of the painting, it is known that it was commissioned by the Duke of Mantua in 1635, and that it was later acquired by King Charles I of England. During the English Civil War, the work was sold and eventually found its way into the hands of a private collector in France. Currently, Venus and Adonis is part of the permanent collection of the Prado Museum in Madrid.

A little known aspect of this work is that Rubens used his own wife, Helena Fourment, as a model for Venus. Fourment was one of the artist's muses and appears in many of his works, including The Three Graces and The Garden of Love.

In conclusion, Venus and Adonis is a stunning work of art that stands out for its dynamic composition, vibrant color palette, and moving narrative. The story behind the painting and the use of the artist's wife as a model are interesting details that add even more value to this Baroque masterpiece.

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