Venus and Adonis
Symbolism, Imagery, Allegory
After Adonis is killed by the wild boar, Venus creates the anemone flower from his blood. To some, this flower has come to represent the goddess's short-lived lover.
This particular flower seems like a good choice to represent the fallen Adonis for a couple of reasons:
- The blossoms of the flower can be bright red – the color of blood;
- Its blooms only last for a short while before the wind blows them away, reminding some of Adonis's short but beautiful life.