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Art History: 3 Nudes

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1024px-Edouard_Manet_-_Olympia_-_Google_Art_Project. Edouard Manet Olympia. Giorgione. Giorgione (Italian: [dʒorˈdʒone]; born Giorgio Barbarelli da Castelfranco; c. 1477/8–1510[2]) was an Italian painter of the High Renaissance in Venice, whose career was cut off by his death at a little over 30.


Giorgione is known for the elusive poetic quality of his work, though only about six surviving paintings are acknowledged for certain to be his work. The resulting uncertainty about the identity and meaning of his art has made Giorgione one of the most mysterious figures in European painting. Together with Titian, who was slightly younger, he is the founder of the distinctive Venetian school of Italian Renaissance painting, which achieves much of its effect through colour and mood, and is traditionally contrasted with the reliance on a more linear disegno of Florentine painting.

Life[edit] The little known of Giorgione's life is given in Giorgio Vasari's Vite. Contemporary documents record that his gifts were recognized early. Giorgione also introduced a new range of subjects. Giorgione's Sleeping Venus. Manet: Olympia. Édouard Manet, Olympia, oil on canvas, 1863 (Musée d'Orsay, Paris) Speakers: Dr.

Manet: Olympia

Beth Harris, Dr. Steven Zucker Édouard Manet brought to Realism his curiosity about social mores. However, he was not interested in mirroring polite parlor conversations and middle class promenades in theBois de Boulogne (Paris’ Central Park). In 1865, Manet submitted his risqué painting of a courtesan greeting her client (in this case, you), Olympia, of 1863, to the French Salon. Somehow they were afraid another rejection would seem like a personal attack on Manet himself. Manet was a Realist, but sometimes his “real” situations shocked and rocked the Parisian art world to its foundations. Text by Dr. Titian's Venus of Urbino. Venus of Urbino. Description and history[edit] The Venus stares straight at the viewer, unconcerned with her nudity.

Venus of Urbino

In her right hand she holds a posy of roses whilst she holds her other hand over her genitals. In the near background is a dog, often a symbol of fidelity. The painting was commissioned by Guidobaldo II della Rovere, the Duke of Urbino, possibly to celebrate his 1534 marriage. It would originally have decorated a cassone, a chest traditionally given in Italy as a wedding present. The model for the painting has been identified as Angela del Moro, a highly paid courtesan in Venice and a known dining companion of Titian.[1] The argument for the painting's didacticism was made by the late art historian Rona Goffen in 1997's “Sex, Space, and Social History in Titian’s Venus of Urbino".

In his 1880 travelogue A Tramp Abroad, Mark Twain called the Venus of Urbino "the foulest, the vilest, the obscenest picture the world possesses". Inspirations[edit] References and sources[edit] References Sources. Venus of Urbino by Titian at Uffizi Gallery Florence.