Venus of Urbino by Titian
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The young Venus reclines on a bed in an opulent Renaissance palace. She is sensuous, and gazes at the viewer kindly. Her beautiful features are further enhanced by Titian's color treatment of her figure. She appears in contrast to the dark background in warm and light tones.
A small dog is huddled near Venus' feet symbolizing the importance of fidelity in marriage. In the background a maid looks down upon a young child playing. This may have been intended to symbolize motherhood.
Titian effectively created a painting that fulfilled the purpose of its commission by depicting the ideal Renaissance woman and her most important attributes. It was unique to move Venus to an interior domestic location, and to omit classical ornamentation of any kind.
Venus of Urbino is housed in the famous Galleria degli Uffizi in Florence with many other works by Titian.