Giorgio Ghisi (Artist) Teodoro Ghisi (Related Artist)

Venus Embracing Adonis

Venus Embracing Adonis by Giorgio Ghisi, Teodoro Ghisi

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Teodoro Ghisi created the designs for his brother Giorgio’s engravings of Venus and Adonis. Originally the figure of Venus was completely nude, but after the Council of Trent Pope Clement VIII deemed the print too lascivious. A swathe of cloth was added to her lower torso, possibly by a later engraver, as the plate was quite worn by the time this print was made. (Venus Rising, 2005)

Title
Venus Embracing Adonis
Artist/creator
Production date
16th century
Medium
engraving
Dimensions
316 x 223 mm
Inscription
(within image) Teodoro Ghisi inv (on tablet - 1.1.) GMF (1.1.). plate re-worked probably posthumously when plate was worn, by anonymous. artist. The drapery obscuring Venus' lower torso, is not attributable. to Ghisi.
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, purchased 1981
Accession no
1981/50/55
Copyright
No known copyright restrictions
Department
International Art
Display status
Not on display

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