November 12th, 2012
A comparison on Venus or Urbino and Monet’s Olympia
As the upper class Renaissance movement took pace in Italy during the 14th century many different originally theories and beliefs became relevant in Greeks and Roman life. Mainly the importance of the individual was held higher then before. This lead the way for artist such as Giovanni Bellini to express their art, religious beliefs, and ideas through paintings of landscapes and portraits. They used bold colors and out linings to show emotion. Many artist seemed to reproduce the same images in serious, making some minor or major changes to the scenery, lighting, or personnel in the image. Artist such as Titian chose to paint pictures that depicted everyday life, and pictures that viewers could immediately recognize. In a period for the 16th century through the 19th century there were two strikingly similar paintings constructed by two well known artist. Titian’s portrait Venus of Urbino and Monet’s Olympia possess so many similar characteristics that at a glance they can be hard to differentiate. The best way to show the differences and similarities in these paintings really is to compare and contrast a few key features. Monet’s painting was actually inspired by Titians creation. Both showed a nude woman lying uncovered in bed starring directly into the viewer’s eyes. During the 16th century through the 19th century it wasn’t uncommon for the subject to be a nude woman, such as Venus and Cupid in 1522 and Danae and the Shower of Gold of 1744. The women in these paintings usually we the wives or relatives of Royalty. Titian whose real name is Tiziano Vecellio is considered to be by many the greatest Venetian artist of the 16th century. The birth date of Tiziano still remains a mystery because of a misprint that occurred as Girgio Vasari wrote his biography. Titian was born in Pieve de Cadore, in the Alps north of Venice he started his early career studying behind two...
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