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Adonis (A53), 1887, Executed by August Saabye after Thorvaldsen’s original plaster model 1808, Marble, height: 186 cm. Thorvaldsen Musem (Copenhagen, Denmark). Made with ReMake and ReCap Pro from AutoDesk.
Adonis is the most handsome and sought-after young man in Greek mythology, but his birth was defiled in that he was born as the son of a woman called Myrrha, who had had an incestuous relationship with her father. As a punishment, Myrrha was changed into a tree – the myrrh tree. And when the appointed time had passed, the bark of the tree burst and the infant Adonis came into the world. In a certain sense, Adonis was doomed from the start, and he was indeed only quite young when he was killed by a wild boar during a hunt. We can see the tree on which he is supporting himself and the dead hare as references to his birth and death respectively.
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