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Masterworks from the Met - Jerrilynn Dodds

Venus and Adonis

Jerrilynn Dodds, Dean, Sarah Lawrence College.

The Baroque period yielded some of the most vital and brilliant artists of all time. Opulent courts, powerful patrons, colliding cultures, strengthening religions, and increasingly complex politics provided the backdrop for painting to become a potent expression of the moment. This series explores a work from the Met’s collection by each of three monumental figures of this remarkable age—Caravaggio, Velázquez, and Rubens. From different corners of Europe, these great masters provide three different interpretations of Baroque art.

Today's topic:
Rubens: Venus and Adonis, mid-or late 1630s.

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This series is made possible in part by the Samuel White Patterson Lecture Fund.

Above: Peter Paul Rubens (Flemish, 1577–1640). Venus and Adonis (detail), mid- or late 1630s. Oil on canvas, with added strips; 77 3/4 x 95 5/8 in. (197.5 x 242.9 cm). The Metropolitan Musuem of Art, New York, Gift of Harry Payne Bingham, 1937 (37.162)

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