Adonis, in Greek mythology, is the god of beauty and desire, and is a central figure in various mystery religions. His religion belonged to women. He is an annually-renewed, ever-youthful vegetation god, a life-death-rebirth-deity whose nature is tied to the calendar. His name is often applied in modern times to handsome youths, of whom he is the archetype. Adonis is often referred to as the mortal god of Beauty.
The central myth in its Greek telling mentions that Aphrodite fell in love with the beautiful youth. She sheltered Adonis as a new-born baby and entrusted him to Persephone.
Persephone was also taken by Adonis' beauty and refused to give him back to Aphrodite. The dispute between the two goddesses was settled by Zeus: Adonis was to spend one-third of every year with each goddess and the last third wherever he chose. He chose to spend two-thirds of the year with Aphrodite.
Adonis was killed by a wild boar, sent by Artemis, who was jealously in love with him herself. But because she had vowed to remain a virgin, she could not have him. He died in Aphrodite’s arms.
The Greek writer Nikos Zoroyiannidis
has used the painting for the cover of his book "Anapantecha" which was released in 2016.
He happened to be visiting the same printer Mr Varsakis went to, saw the painting, and instantly fell in love with it. He stated that he couldn't have found a painting more perfect and suitable for his book. His book tells about complicated and impossible love stories......