Stephen McKenna Venus and Adonis 1981

Artwork details

Artist
Stephen McKenna born 1939
Title
Venus and Adonis
Date 1981
Medium Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions Support: 1500 x 2000 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Purchased 1982
Reference
T03541
Not on display

Display caption

Adonis was killed by a wild boar that he had been hunting. Venus, who was in love with him, arrived too late to save him. McKenna shows many details of the story: Cupid standing behind Adonis; the mother of Adonis, who had been turned into a tree, at the centre; and another hunting subject, the death of Actaeon, at the right. The hound in the foreground was borrowed from a painting by Stubbs.

August 2004