Cambiaso represented the tale of Venus and Adonis in many of his paintings and drawings. A number of his designs also appear in woodcuts, which may have been created under his supervision. Here, Venus, in the company of the Graces, mourns her dead love, while amorini attack and trap the boar responsible for his death. Cambiaso's literary source was an anonymous Greek poem in which the boar, called to account by the goddess, claims that he only wanted to kiss the fair, white thigh of Adonis.
Inscription: Monogram at bottom center 'LC'
Marking: On verso at lower left: The Metropolitan Museum of Art stamp On verso at lower left: Collector's stamp of J. Peoli (Lugt 2020) On verso at lower left: A.F.D. Collector's stamp of Ambroise Firmin-Didot (Lugt 119)
Ambroise Firmin-Didot (French, 1790–1876); Juan Jorge Peoli (1825–1893); Donor: Henry Walters
Blanton Museum of Art, University of Texas at Austin. "Luca Cambiaso, 1527-1585," September 15, 2006–January 14, 2007.
Jonathan Bober, Piero Boccardo, Franco Boggero, Clario Di Fabio, Lauro Magnani Luca Cambiaso 1527-1585. Exh. cat., Blanton Museum of Art, The University of Texas at Austin, and Palazzo Ducale, Genoa. Cinisello Balsamo (Milan), 2006, entry by Jonathan Bober, cat. no. `41, pp. 292-93, ill.