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Venus and Adonis - Paolo Veronese. 162x191
The artistic style of Veronese (1528-1588) is distinguished by the subtlety of the picture, the plasticity of the form, the complexity of color combinations on a luminiferous background. The art of this prominent painter of the Venetian school sums up the art of the late Renaissance.
Adonis, beloved of the goddess of love, Venus, was the son of the king of Cyprus. By his beauty, he overshadowed even the gods of the Olympians. When Adonis died on the hunt, Zeus felt sorry for the heartbroken Venus and ordered Hades to temporarily release the handsome man from the kingdom of the dead. Since then, Adonis was forced to lead a double life.
Heroes in love represent the semantic center of the picture, and dogs, one of which is napping at the feet of the goddess, and Cupid playing with the other fill the image with appeasement. The canvas is made in warm colors. The dense colors of the evening sky, foliage green and Adonis’s bright red robe contrast with the creamy whiteness of Venus’s naked body. The powerful sound of saturated colors reveals the mature talent of the painter.