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Swanevelt, Herman van
Venus Laments the Death of Adonis (No. 6 in a series of 6: “The Story of Adonis”) Venus Laments the Death of Adonis (No. 6 in a series of 6: “The Story of Adonis”)
1654 1654

Travelling to Italy around 1629, Herman van Swanevelt moved in the same artistic circles as Claude Lorrain (around 1604-1682), and developed a similarly classical style of landscape. He settled in France after 1641. In contrast to the rough everyday Italianate genre scenes favoured by artists such as the Bamboccianti, he pursued an idyllic, ordered landscape style with structured tonal depth and clarity of form. In both these prints, published in Paris, Swanevelt invokes an ancient paradise populated by myth and bucolic themes. Venus’ fervid grief is subordinate to her vast, calm forest setting. Similarly, in La grande cascade, an ordered landscape is populated by Arcadian shepherds who blend into an idyllic countryside with waterfall and tranquil trees.

 
Swanevelt, Herman van
Woerden, Netherlands 1603-Paris, France 1665 Woerden, Netherlands 1603-Paris, France 1665
Venus Laments the Death of Adonis (No. 6 in a series of 6: “The Story of Adonis”) Venus Laments the Death of Adonis (No. 6 in a series of 6: “The Story of Adonis”)
1654 1654
etching on paper, state 1 of 3 etching on paper, state 1 of 3
height / width: 25.80 x 33.00 cm; 10.16 x 12.99 in.
Bequest of Ethel A. Waldron, 1968 Bequest of Ethel A. Waldron, 1968
11-006

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