26 Works, December 11th. is Johann Michael Rottmayr’s day, his art, illustrated with footnotes #247

Johann Franz Michael Rottmayr (Austrian, 1654–1730)
Venus and Adonis

Oil on Canvas
95 x 197 cm. (37.4 x 77.6 in.)
Private collection

Venus and Adonis is a narrative poem by William Shakespeare published in 1593. It is probably Shakespeare’s first publication.

The poem tells the story of Venus, the goddess of Love; of her unrequited love; and of her attempted seduction of Adonis, an extremely handsome young man, who would rather go hunting. The poem is pastoral, and at times erotic, comic and tragic. It contains discourses on the nature of love, and observations of nature. More on Venus and Adonis

Johann Michael Rottmayr (11 December 1656–25 October 1730) was the first native-born Austrian painter of the 18th century to achieve preeminence over the Italians, thus beginning the great century of Austrian baroque painting.

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Author: Zaidan Art Blog

I search Art History for Beautiful works that may, or may not, have a secondary or unexpected story to tell. I then write short summaries that grow from my research. Art work is so much more when its secrets are exposed

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