The Death of Adonis

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Title

The Death of Adonis

Description

Waterloo was a north French painter and etcher active in Utrecht and elsewhere in the northern Netherlands. His oeuvre consists of landscapes often with figures. One-hundred and thirty-six etchings are extant, done in an original technique combining various materials.

According to Ovid’s Metamorphoses, Adonis, a beautiful youth beloved by Venus, is warned to take care while hunting, but he is gored by a boar and dies. His body lies under a tree, his spear by his side, and he is mourned by his dog while two more dogs chase the boar in the background. The scene is typical of Waterloo’s works in its focus on trees while the actual subject is reduced to small-scale figures. The artist’s signature is on the upper left “A.W. in. et f.” along with the number 6. (So he is both the inventor and faber (maker) of this print.)

Creator

Anthonie Waterloo (French, active The Netherlands, ca. 1610-1690)

Source

Picker Art Gallery, Colgate University, Hamilton, NY

Date

ca. 1649

Contributor

Gift of William P. Carl '74

Format

11 5/8 x 9 7/8 in.

Medium

Etching

Type

Prints

Identifier

1991.32

Spatial Coverage

French

Temporal Coverage

17th century

Collection

Citation

Anthonie Waterloo (French, active The Netherlands, ca. 1610-1690), “The Death of Adonis,” Selected Old Masters from the Picker Art Gallery, accessed April 28, 2017, http://pickeroldmasters.omeka.net/items/show/64.