Nicolas Mignard (Mignard d'Avignon) / Venus and Adonis / x. 1650Nicolas Mignard (Mignard d'Avignon)
Venus and Adonis
x. 1650

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Creator Name: Mignard, Nicholas
Creator Nationality: European; French
Creator Role: painter
Creator Dates/Places: 1609 - 1668
Gender: M
Creator Name-CRT: Nicolas Mignard (Mignard d'Avignon)
Title: Venus and Adonis
View: front
Creation Start Date: 1650
Creation End Date: 1650
Creation Date: x. 1650
Object Type: Paintings
Materials and Techniques: oil on canvas
Dimensions: H.147 x W.89 x D.6-1/2 in.
AMICA Contributor: The Minneapolis Institute of Arts
Owner Location: Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
ID Number: 87.5
Credit Line: Gift of Bruce B. Dayton

The myth of Venus and Adonis was told by the ancient Roman poet Ovid in his Metamorphoses. Venus, the goddess of love, adored the handsome mortal Adonis. She cautioned him against the dangers of the hunt, but he ignored her warning and was killed by a wild boar. Venus granted Adonis a form of immortality by transforming his blood into anemones--fragile springtime flowers (seen here behind Venus) with a beauty as fleeting as his own.

In choosing to illustrate the fateful moment when Adonis departs for the chase with his hounds, Mignard followed the Italian painter Titian. Avoiding the emotive poses some Baroque painters would have used, Mignard carefully balanced and contained the interconnected gestures of the two poised figures. He represented the classicizing pole of 17th-century art: like the Renaissance painters he admired, he sought serenity even in tales of poignant feeling like this one.

Acquired in 1987 87.5

Component Measured: frame dimensions
Measurement Unit: in
AMICA Library Year: 1998
Media Metadata Rights: ?The Minneapolis Institute of Arts

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