Venus and Adonis, after Titian
42.2 cm x 33.4 cm (16 5/8 in. x 13 1/8 in.)
Attributed to Battista Franco
(Venice, circa 1510 - circa 1561, Venice)
Medium and Support:
Etching and engraving
Blanton Museum of Art, The University of Texas at Austin, Purchase through the generosity of the Print Study Group,1995
The Venus and Adonis was painted for Philip II in 1553 and sent to him in London on the occasion of his wedding to Mary Tudor in 1554. In addition to numerous workshop versions of the painting, there were several engraved reproductions. This was the first and most sophisticated.