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The Venus of Urbino

1538: Galleria degli Uffizi, Florence

Titian copied the pose of Giorgione's Venus but not his mythological interpretation. Instead, Titian presented the goddess as the Renaissance allegory for romantic love.

Because of the lack of mythological references, and Titian's focus on the abundancy of rich textiles, it has been suggested that the nude woman is a mistress to a prosperous Venetian rather than the fertility goddess whom Giorgione lovingly depicted in natural surroundings.

 
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