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Venus and Adonis; seated together beneath a bank, two horses and a dog to left, figures in a hilly landscape behind to left
Pen and brown ink, with brown wash, heightened with white, over black chalk, on blue paper
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Height: 212 millimetres
Width: 171 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- Turner, Florentine Drawings of the Sixteenth Century, London, 1986
The subject is far from clear. The figures dotted about the hillside in the background on the left, including a horseman pursuing a group of three figures, and the incident of the dog barking at the pair of fleeing horses, which before had presumably conveyed the two lovers to their place of seclusion, do not seem to correspond with the details of the mythological story of Venus and Adonis and it is possible that another scene is represented.
The style would seem to indicate an early date in Santi di Tito's career, since the influences of Roman drawing of the 1560s are still very much apparent. Not only is there more than a hint of the style of Taddeo Zuccaro (1529-66) but also a trace of the influence of Barocci (c.1535-1612) in the refined treatment of the foliage on the bank. Santi di Tito encountered the work of both artists while he was in Rome in 1558-64.
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
1986, BM, Florentine Drawings 16thC, no. 187
2003/4 Oct-Jan, Oxford, Ashmolean Museum, 'Graceful and True: Drawing in Florence around 1600'
2004 Jan-Mar, London, Colnaghi's, 'Graceful and True: Drawing in Florence around 1600'
2004 Mar-May, Nottingham, Djanogly Art Gallery, 'Graceful and True: Drawing in Florence around 1600'
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- This item has an uncertain or incomplete provenance for the years 1933-45. The British Museum welcomes information and assistance in the investigation and clarification of the provenance of all works during that era.
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