European Painting before 1900, Johnson Collection
Venus and AdonisMade in France, Europe
Charles-Joseph Natoire, French, 1700 - 1777
Oil on canvas
1989-3-2Gift of the Friends of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, 1989
LabelThe young hunter Adonis reassures the goddess Venus that she should not fear for his well-being as he sets out for the hunt. In fact, he will be killed by a wild boar. Venus's chariot at the right and the white doves at her feet help to identify the goddess. The flying cupid emphasizes the passionate nature of the lovers' dialogue.
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