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Venus and Adonis by Giacinto Calandrucci (1646-1707).

Oil on canvas, 183cm by 143.5cm.

This painting, in which, fearful for his safety, the goddess Venus begs the beautiful mortal Adonis not to leave on the chase, was purchased by the 5th Earl of Exeter in 1683/4 whilst on his second Grand Tour, although it first appears in the 1763 Burghley Inventory.

The artist was born in Palermo, but spent most of his working life in Rome, where initially, he joined the large and prolific studio of Carlo Maratta (1625-1713). He painted frescoes in  both secular and religious buildings, as well as several altarpieces.



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