VENUS DISCOVERING THE DEAD ADONIS
Fine Art Giclée Print
Co-created and published by PINEAPPLE GALLERY
Print Dimensions: 46cm x 34cm
Original Works: unknown
Venus, the goddess of love, urged her mortal lover Adonis to hunt only the easiest game but he insisted on pursuing boar, which eventually gored him to death.
In this scene, Venus discovers the young man robbed of his youth, the painting eternally preserves him in a state of perfection.
This paradox corresponds to wordplay in Italian poetry from the 1600s, with which many artists sought visual parallels in their work. This painting derives from a 1623 poem by Giovanni Battista Marino.
Giambattista Marino was an Italian poet. He is most famous for his long epic L’Adone.
The Cambridge History of Italian Literature thought him to be “one of the greatest Italian poets of all time”. His poetry was characterised by its use of extravagant and excessive conceits. Marino’s conception of poetry, which exaggerated the artificiality of Mannerism, was based on an extensive use of antithesis and a whole range of wordplay, on lavish descriptions and a sensuous musicality of the verse, and enjoyed immense success in his time.
He remained the reference point for Baroque poetry as long as it was in vogue
The painter of this artwork unfortunately remains unknown, although the sophisticated literary reference, dramatic use of light, and vivid use of colour demonstrate the artist’s awareness of trends converging in Naples in the mid 1600s.
Italy retained its artistic dominance into the 17th century with the Baroque (1600-1750), and into the 18th century with Neoclassicism (1750-1850).
Italian art has influenced several major movements throughout the centuries and has produced several great artists, including painters, architects and sculptors. Today, Italy has an important place in the international art scene, with several major art galleries, museums and exhibitions; major artistic centres in the country include Rome, Florence, Venice, Milan, Turin, Genoa, Naples, Palermo, and Lecce.
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