Hans Bol, 1859 – Landscape with the Story of Venus and Adonis
Hans Bol painted this unusualin two parts: the central landscape, painted on mounted on wood, and the framing design, painted directly on wood. Both parts tell the story of the beautiful youth Adonis from . In the main panel, and Adonis embrace before he leaves on the hunt shown in the distance, in which he is killed by a boar. Clockwise from left, the frame’s ovals show subsidiary incidents: mother Myrrha commits incest with her father; turned into the myrrh tree as punishment, Myrrha bears their son, Adonis; Venus is struck with love for Adonis; blood springing from the dead Adonis turns into the anemone flower.
In the frame, Bol combined the cartouches and trophies of a three-dimensional picture frame withborders reminiscent of . His materials–opaque color and gold paint on parchment–also follow the tradition of manuscript illumination.