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Venus and Adonis  1570

by Titian

Tales from Ovid’s Metamorphoses inspired Titian to paint what he called poesie, or poetry in paint. Here, Venus tries to stop her lover from departing for the hunt, fearing—correctly—that he would be killed. The mood of sensuality, conveyed by the beautiful depiction of Venus from the back, enhances the viewer’s sense of the tragic end to this story, expressed through thei...
160 x 196.5 cm
Oil on canvas
Courtesy of The Metropolitan Museum of Art