Title: Venus Anadyomene
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.
Date of Birth: 1490, Pieve di Cadore, Italy
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.