Venus and Adonis , oil on canvas size 41 cm x 48 cm , with its carved wooden frame 55 cm x 62 cm , Italian school of the 17th century , follower of Francesco Albani , known as the Albanian .
The traditional myth of Venus and Adonis tells: "Venus is with her son Cupid, and the latter accidentally hurts her with one of his arrows. The first person Venus sees is the handsome young Adonis, with whom she immediately falls in love. He is a hunter, and she decides that, to be with him, she would take the form of the goddess of the hunt, Artemis. She warns Adonis of the danger of hunting the boar, but he does not heed the warning, and he is wounded to death by the boar."
Francesco Albani, known as the Albanian (born August 17, 1578 in Bologna, Emilia Romagna, and died in the same city on October 4, 1660) is an Italian Baroque painter of the seventeenth century, who was nicknamed the "painter of the Graces" or "the Anacreon of painting.
Former Maurice Druon collection.