In this painting, Goltzius has depicted Venus, the goddess of love, and the young huntsman Adonis in intimate embrace. It most likely represents the episode recounted by Ovid (Metamorphosis X, 525 ff.) of the final farewell of the two lovers. Despite the warnings of Venus, who seeks to hold Adonis back, the hunter, in youthful exuberance, will soon set off for the hunt and be mortally wounded by a wild boar. In the middle ground, to the left, Cupid plays with the huntsman's dogs; in the background to the right Venus' swan-drawn carriage can be seen.