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Venus and Adonis (?) with the Duck Hunt

A work made of wool and silk, slit and double interlocking tapestry weave.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of wool and silk, slit and double interlocking tapestry weave.


c. 1600


Presumably woven at the workshop of Jacques I Geubels (died 1601/05) or his widow Catharina van den Eynde (died before 1629)
Flanders, Brussels

About this artwork

Based on the 10th book of Ovid’s Metamorphoses, this scene may depict the goddess Venus and the hunter Adonis at the moment in which she warns him about the dangers of hunting. Ignoring her warning, Adonis is later killed by a boar. In the background, men in contemporary dress conduct a hunt, a popular pastime of the privileged elite. The border of the tapestry displays an array of allegorical, biblical, and mythological scenes and figures. Overall the composition gives the impression of receding space, which is characteristic of late-16th- and early-17th-century Flemish production.


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Jacques Geubels, I (Manufacturer)


Venus and Adonis (?) with the Duck Hunt


Flanders (Object made in)

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Made 1590–1610


Wool and silk, slit and double interlocking tapestry weave


262.5 × 344.4 cm (103 3/8 × 135 3/8 in.)

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Gift of the Antiquarian Society of the Art Institute of Chicago

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