It was the Renaissance artist Titian who created the masterpiece known as the Venus of Urbino. In this painting, a beautiful woman - who is given the mythological name Venus - reclines in an erotically charged and symbolic environment. This depiction of a female nude is famous in the history of art, and it has inspired countless imitations over the centuries. In addition, the talented Titian was also adept at painting portraits. Indeed, many of Titian's most beautiful and haunting images were representations of real people.
To learn more about Titian and his paintings, select a title and click on one (or more) of the links above. And if you want to know even more about the artist, his life, and his work, there are recommended books on the pages of this section.
History of Italian Renaissance Art
In this impressive book, Professor Frederick Hartt examines the architecture, sculpture, and painting of the Italian Renaissance. First, the roots of the Renaissance are explored, then the Quattrocento and Cinquecento are revealed in this masterful work.