Venus of Urbino

 The Venus of Urbino is an oil painting by an Italian named Titian. It shows a nude young women who is depicted as the goddess Venus, laying on a sofa in a sensual matter. I can see how most would just see this painting as a simple portrait of an exposed young women meant to invoke a certain response, but there has to be more than that. Titian seems to be painting from a more Humanist point of view; his painting depicts human spirit and human beauty at its most purest. I enjoy this piece of Italian Renaissance work because its sugesstive nature seems to be telling the viewer more than first meets the eyes. For instance, who is the young girl in the background who appears to be weeping? The same can be said about the women standing over her. Has this nude women done something inappropriate to offend or dishearten these women? Maybe she’s a mistress to the weeping woman’s husband and the lady standing upright is the weeping women maid. Whatever is going on it seems that the nude women has caused some sort of uproar and her relaxed look seems like she really doesn’t care.


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