Sunday, August 29, 2010

Venus and Adonis by Paolo Veronese

Venus and Adonis by the Italian late Mannerist artist Paolo Veronese in 1580. It is currently in the Museo del Prado in Madrid, Spain.

The painting's subject is taken from Ovid. It portrays the hunter Adonis sleeping in the lap of Venus. With her is Eros and two sighthounds, he is portrayed while trying to quench the dog's desire to hunt, as Venus had forecast that Adonis would die during a hunt.
This Image (or other media file) is in the public domain because its copyright has expired. This applies to the United States, where Works published prior to 1923 are copyright protected for a maximum of 75 years. See Circular 1 "COPYRIGHT BASICS" PDF from the U.S. Copyright Office. Works published before 1923 (in this case 1580) are now in the public domain.

and also in countries that figure copyright from the date of death of the artist (post mortem auctoris in this case Paolo Veronese (1528 – April 19, 1588) and that most commonly run for a period of 50 to 70 years from December 31st of that year.

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