Venus Anadyomene by Titian

Title: Venus Anadyomene
Date: 1520
Movement: High Renaissance
Media: oil on canvas
Location: Scottish National Gallery, Edinburgh, Scotland

Venus Anadyomene is an oil painting depicting Venus rising from the sea and wringing her hair. Venus is said to have been born full-grown from a shell, depicted at the bottom left. Smaller than the usual birth of Venus paintings it simply identifies the subject rather than appearing as a boat-like vessel for Venus. Titian’s Venus is presented as voluptuous and her sideways glance owes much to antique types of Venus sculpture.

Artist: Titian
Date of Birth: 1490, Pieve di Cadore, Italy
Nationality: Italian
Died: 27 August 1576, Venice, Italy

Titian was a painter and regarded as one of the greatest painters of the Renaissance, combining Mannerist and High Renaissance ideas to develop a style that is remarkable ahead of his time. His creativity dominated Venetian art and the city rivaled the artistic centres of Rome and Florence.

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