Venus and Adonis
On View In:
Gallery 330
Artist:   Nicolas Mignard (Mignard d'Avignon)  
Title:   Venus and Adonis  
Date:   c. 1650  
Medium:   Oil on canvas  
Dimensions:   147 x 89 x 6 1/2 in. (373.38 x 226.06 x 16.51 cm) (outer frame) 107 1/2 x 69 11/16 in. (273.05 x 177.01 cm) (sight)  
Credit Line:   Gift of Bruce B. Dayton  
Location:   Gallery 330  

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.

Name:   Mignard (Mignard d'Avignon), Nicolas  
Nationality:   French  
Life Dates:   French, 1609 - 1668  

Object Description  
Classification:   Paintings  
Creation Place:   Europe, France, , ,  
Accession #:   87.5  
Owner:   The Minneapolis Institute of Arts