Venus of Urbino (1538) by Titian

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TitleVenus of Urbino
MediumOil on Canvas
Dimensions119 x 165 cm
Art MovementHigh Renaissance
Current LocationUffizi Gallery, Florence, Italy
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About Venus of Urbino

The Venus of Urbino is a painting by the Italian master Titian, created in 1538. This painting of a seductively posed nude woman was commissioned by Guidobaldo Della Rovere and is considered to be one of Titian’s most important works. The central figure has become a symbol of female beauty, capturing both the Voluptuous curves of her body and the geometric lines that make up the furniture and floor tiles around her.

The identity of the figure is unknown, however it is possible that she was based on a courtesan or mistress of the Duke’s. By depicting a very private encounter between two people with such intimacy, this painting contributes to Titian’s reputation as one of the greatest painters of all time. While originally intended for personal contemplation, it eventually found its way to The Uffizi Gallery in 1694 as “The Image Of A Nude Woman”.

Through his mastery of composition and use of nuanced color tones, Titian was able to masterfully capture realistic form and fine detail throughout his work. The Venus Of Urbino presents an iconic work full of artistic devices – from its powerful contrast between the voluptuous curves of the girl’s body and the architecture elements around her – combing both natural beauty with subtle splashes vibrancy!

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