Saturday, March 4, 2017

Titian's VENUS OF URBINO for the Duke's Teen Bride

Titian's Venus of Urbino (1538)

According to the second volume of Kleiner's Gardner's Art through the Ages: The Western Perspective, Titian's Venus of Urbino (1538) was commissioned by Guidobaldo II della Rovere, the Duke of Urbino. 

The erotic oil may have been commissioned to celebrate the Duke's 1534 marriage to 11-year-old Giulia Varano.

Per Hale's Titian: His Life, Angela del Moro, a Venice courtesan, was the model for the painting that currently sits in the Uffizi Gallery Museum in Florence. 

I haven't been able to verify Moro's age, but a City College of New York coed related to me that her art professor shared that Moro was 15-years-old when she modeled for Titian. 

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