Art Talk: Venus
This Art Talk post will highlight on of the paintings from the NGA Italian Renaissance Tour post from the beginning of the the month.
Venus With A Mirror, 1555
The Greek goodness of love, sex, beauty and fertility has inspired many artists through the ages. Here she is painted in exquisite detail by Titian, the chief Renaissance painter from Venice.
Titan was a master of the female nude like his contemporary Michelangelo was a master of the male nude. Here Venus reveals as much as she conceals. Titan is an expert colorist and we see it in the red cloth on her lap, her blond hair, the jewels and her ivory pale skin. To achieve the suppleness of her skin Titan used a technique called glazing. Using this method he would put a thin, oily layer of paint over the top of an opaque layer.
Titian painted this in 1555 and kept it in his possession till his death 1576. Some think that it was used as a model for other painters that came to visit him. A modern x-ray revealed that it was painted over a double portrait of a husband and wife.
While Venus is impeccable the cupid holding the mirror has some major issues. His left hand doesn't seem to be supporting the mirror and the left wing is placed too high. Regardless of some imperfections the detail is astounding.
Favorite part of this painting are the variety of textures. The way he manipulated the paint to create the fleshy skin, the metal rings, bracelets, and earrings, the cloth she is wrapped in and the edges of the cloth.
Venus with a Mirror by Titan is really amazing.
Art Talk Series Highlights
Art Talk: Introduction
Art Talk: Emotion in Bronze
Art Talk: Moore Across America
Art Talk: Bronze
Art Talk: Moore in America
Art Talk: King and Queen
Art Talk: Art Tells Our Story
Art Talk: Highlight Tour of the MET
Art Talk: The Burghers of Calais
Art Talk: Auguste Rodin
Art Talk: Art in Paris in the 1870s
Art Talk: Guest Blogger, Frankie O'Neill
Art Talk: "Felt is a happy fabric."
Art Talk: Murals in Klamath Falls
Art Talk: Woman with a Parasol- Madame Monet and Her Son
Art Talk: Respect and Compassion
Art Talk: Art Connects Us
Art Talk: My mother's crystal
Art Talk: Mother and Child
Art Talk: Tour of the Galleria dell' Accademia
Art Talk: Walking tour of Florence, Italy
Art Talk: Chihuly at the Oklahoma City Museum of Art
Art Talk: Vatican tour highlights
Art Talk: Ceilings in the Vatican
Art Talk: Chihuly at Kew Gardens
Art Talk: MET Highlight tour
Art Talk: Japan at the MET
Art Talk: Up Close with French art at the National Gallery of Art in DC
Art Talk: Kelpies
Art Talk: Buying from local artists
Art Talk: Guest Blogger, Joia Doiron
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