Venus Urbinskaya – Titian Vecellio

Venus Urbinskaya – Titian Vecellio
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  • Posted by Titian Vecellio
  • Museum: Uffizi Gallery
  • Year: 1538

Overview of the painting :

Venus Urbinskaya – Titian Vecellio. 1538. Oil on canvas. 119×165

   The ancient theme, often arising in the work of Titian, allowed this beloved Venetian to throw out all his admiration for the world and the ability to appreciate its beauty on the canvas. The master loved antiquity as something living, and therefore boldly placed the characters of Greek or Roman mythology in his modern atmosphere.

   His “Venus”, acquired by Guidobaldo della Rover, Duke of Urbinsky and therefore given its current name, represents a young Venetian, a beauty with a lively look, a gentle body and golden hair. Her pose recalls the classic type of “Venus Pudik”, that is, “shameful”, but this girl, if she is a little embarrassed, then she is fully aware of her beauty.

   The picture echoes the Sleeping Venus of Giorgione, stored in the Dresden Art Gallery, but Titian has more sensuality in the guise of a goddess. However, this sensuality is deceiving. In place of action, the artist chose a room where everything breathes the comfort of a strong house: in the background, the maid is looking for something in the chest, and the other is looking at her in anticipation. On the window stands a mirt – a symbol of marriage life, on the bed of the post-Lan white sheets and white pillows are thrown, talking about the purity of the woman lying on them, at whose feet a dog has curled up, symbolizing devotion. Thus, the hidden meaning of the picture must be understood as conjugal love.