Venus lamenting the Death of Adonis
Antonio Carracci (c.1583 - Rome 1618)
Oil painting on canvas, Venus lamenting the Death of Adonis by Antonio Carracci (c.1583 - Rome 1618). The scene told in the Roman poet's Ovid Metamorphoses (10: 697-730) depicts the death of Adonis. Venus runs from her chariot drawn by doves (meant to be swans) to the dead Adonis lying in the landscape, a boar with figures and flocks in the background. It could also have as its contemporary source Gaimbattista Marino's epic poem l'Adone (1623).
William Angerstein (1811- 1897) sale ('Property of a Gentleman, removed from Blackheath') Christie's, 20 June 1874, lot 22 (as by Domenichino); bought by Waters (see NT 1298204, Carracci) for £4.15.0., evidently for the future Earl Egerton (1806-1883); bequeathed by Maurice Egerton, 4th Baron Egerton of Tatton (1874 - 1958) to the National Trust with the house, gardens and contents of Tatton Park
Marks and inscriptions
DOMENICHINO (painted in black at base of frame)
Makers and roles
Antonio Carracci (c.1583 - Rome 1618) , artist of original previously catalogued as manner of Francesco Albani (Bologna 1578 - Bologna 1660), artist of original previously catalogued as attributed to Domenico Zampieri Domenichino (Bologna 1581 - Naples 1641), artist of original