Joseph Mallord William Turner Venus and the Dead Adonis ?c.1805

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Venus and the Dead Adonis
Date ?c.1805
Medium Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions Support: 318 x 451 mm
frame: 345 x 480 x 35 mm
Acquisition Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Not on display

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This picture was given its title after Turner's death. The pose of the Venus recalls the work of the great Venetian painter Titian (circa 1487-1576), whose pictures Turner studied closely in the early 1800s. Apart from the bearing this fact has on our view of how Turner's style developed, it is also an apt reminder of how Renaissance artists, Titian especially, explored the classical world and reinvigorated, on canvas, the ancient stories.

August 2004

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