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Indeed, he based the gesture of the goddess, her hands held to her breast and lap, on a famous Roman statue of Venus that later belonged to the Medici. Mellon Educational and Charitable Trust, Pittsburgh; gift 1937 to NGA.Yet Titian breathed a warmth and life into the remote source to conjure a startlingly immediate and sensual modern Venus. Much has been written about the meaning of Titian's paintings of Venus. ." (In the palace of his eminence [there are] diverse rooms decorated with most varied pictures: two life-size Venuses by Titian; Bellori 1664, p. 67, 96, calls it Philip II and his mistress, by Titian; notes that there is a very similar picture in the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge. In addition to celebrating love and music (Venus pauses from making music to be crowned by Cupid), they have been thought to address the Neo-Platonic debate of seeing versus hearing as the primary means for perceiving beauty. It and a related composition, Venus and the Organ Player (Gemäldegalerie, Berlin), were seen in the cardinal's palace in Rome by Giovan Pietro Bellori in 1663: "nel Palazzo di Sua Eminenza diverse camere ornate di pitture varissime: due Veneri al naturale di Titiano. 45), and the two are described in great detail in a 1724 inventory of the Pio di Savoia collection, with the MMA picture described as follows: "195. The beautiful woman gazing at her reflection is a favorite theme of Renaissance love poetry in which the writer envies the fortunate mirror that enjoys his lady's splendid image. 1490-1576], Venice; by inheritance to his son, Pomponio Vecellio, Venice; sold 1581 with the contents of Titian's house to Cristoforo Barbarigo, Venice; by inheritance to his son, Andrea Barbarigo; by inheritance in the Barbarigo family, Venice; sold c. 1855], Saint Petersburg; Imperial Hermitage Gallery, St.
You can check out our website calendar for information on the sessions and activities we have going on, you can also see our leaflet or just call in to see us. There are no drop in's this week and we have limited availability for our Gateway open access at Venus for general advice and support. There is a notable variation in quality from picture to picture, perhaps most easily appreciated in the Museo del Prado, where the two versions of the Venus and an Organ Player can be compared. 420) can be seen to be an essentially autograph, personalized picture, while the related variant that includes Cupid (inv. 420) is the superior picture is revealed not only by the major compositional changes documented in the x-ray, but by the individualized heads of Venus and the musician, as well by the fact that all areas have been brought to the same delicate degree of finish and, indicatively, that the folds of the coverlet do not follow the scheme found in the related compositions.