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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