Venus of Urbino
Venus of Urbino
Titian (Italian, Venetian; Mannerism; 1488-1576): Venus of Urbino, 1538. Oil on canvas, 119 x 165 cm (46.9 × 65 inches). Uffizi Gallery Museum, Florence, Italy.

"Tiziano Vecellio ... known as Titian, was the greatest Venetian artist of the sixteenth century, eventually gaining international fame.

... Venus, the mythological goddess of love, is the protagonist of a number of works by Titian, the best known probably being the so-called Venus of Urbino (Florence, Galleria degli Uffizi). Painted for Francesco Maria I della Rovere's private chambers, this reclining nude is at once idealized and erotic." (© The Metropolitan Museum of Art)

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