Monday, June 4, 2007

Venuses: Three paintings

To compensate for not having posted the usual Two Paintings back on Friday, today I want to post Three--one of which, admittedly, is not of the Baroque era but which seems to belong here.

As always, I invite comments on correspondences and differences between/among the paintings; I also want to encourage the especially-inspired to write me about posting something here and, in so doing, begin to move this blog in the direction of what I've always conceived it of becoming: a multi-voiced site.

Titian, The Venus of Urbino, 1538

Rubens, Venus in Front of Her Mirror, c. 1613/1614

Velázquez, Venus at her Mirror (aka The Rokeby Venus), 1644-1648)

For what it's worth, the curious can find a discussion (continued in the comments) of the Velázquez here.


Gawain said...

though you cannot see it from either these -- or by and large -- any reproductions, the Titian's is the only one with good skin -- standing a few inches from it you actually have the sense that you may want to touch it. the other two had perhaps been intended to be hanged somewhere high up on the wall, for up close the skin is pretty revolting.

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Anonymous said...

Ruebsn was famous for painting skin that was flesh like. i dont know how you can say its revolting. thats just crazy...

Anonymous said...

I am glad you said that :P

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