Duncan Grant Venus and Adonis c.1919

Artwork details

Artist
Duncan Grant 1885–1978
Title
Venus and Adonis
Date c.1919
Medium Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions Support: 635 x 940 mm
frame: 750 x 1052 x 75 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Purchased 1972
Reference
T01514
Not on display

Display caption

Venus, the most beautiful goddess and the goddess of love, herself fell in love with the huntsman Adonis. Grant uses the myth incidentally, to make a decorative painting from the idea of a female nude gazing after her departing lover, and to make a contrast between the way the old masters designed such a subject and his own more modern drawing of the figures.

August 2004

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