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20-MAR-2016

Gallerie degli Uffizi. Venus (Tiziano Vecellio)

Venus of Urbino (Tiziano Vecellio)
The Venus of Urbino is a 1538 oil painting by the Italian master Titian. It depicts a nude young woman, identified with the goddess Venus, reclining on a couch or bed in the sumptuous surroundings of a Renaissance palace. It hangs in the Galleria degli Uffizi in Florence. The figure's pose is based on Giorgione's Sleeping Venus (c. 1510), which Titian completed. In this depiction, Titian has domesticated Venus by moving her to an indoor setting, engaging her with the viewer, and making her sensuality explicit. Devoid as it is of any classical or allegorical trappings Venus displays none of the attributes of the goddess she is supposed to represent the painting is unapologetically erotic. The painting was commissioned by Guidobaldo II della Rovere, the Duke of Urbino, possibly to celebrate his 1534 marriage. It would originally have decorated a cassone, a chest traditionally given in Italy as a wedding present. The maids in the background are shown rummaging through a similar chest, apparently in search of Venus's clothes. Curiously, given its overtly erotic content, the painting was intended as an instructive "model" for Giulia Varano, the Duke's extremely young bride.The model for the painting has been assumed as Angela del Moro, a highly paid courtesan in Venice and a known dining companion of Titian

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Dennis Hoyne29-Apr-2016 02:29
A classic painting, nicely photographed. They liked their ladies a little plumper, then. v.
Graeme28-Apr-2016 19:07
beautiful painting.V
Helen Betts28-Apr-2016 18:16
Such an amazing work of art, and nicely captured. V.
Buz Kiefer28-Apr-2016 17:38
Nice photo of this Titian classic. V
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