VERONESE, Paolo
(b. 1528, Verona, d. 1588, Venezia)

Venus and Adonis

1580-82
Oil on canvas, 212 x 191 cm
Museo del Prado, Madrid

Later extended at the top (original size: 162 x 191 cm), this work was originally a counterpart to the Death of Procris now in the Musée des Beaux Arts in Strasbourg. The scene is an atmospheric wooded landscape with the classical lovers in the foreground. The brilliant colours and wealth of detailed subject-matter are typical of the late Veronese.