Venus at Her Mirror: Velázquez and the Art of Nude Painting

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Prestel, 2002 - Art - 133 pages
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"From the sixteenth century onwards, artists increasingly turned their attention to images of Venus. In their treatment of this great mythological subject, they also honed their skills in the portrayal of seductive nudes celebrating the beauty of the female body." "Few such paintings possess the multi-facetted complexity of Velazquez' Venus at Her Mirror (better known as the Rokeby Venus), which has intrigued and challenged scholars ever since. Andreas Prater examines the many aspects and possible interpretations of this famous work, its lasting impact on the art of the nude and the enduring fascination it has exerted on the public. He looks at the painting's interesting history leading up to its being slashed by a suffragette at the National Gallery in London in 1919 and its subsequent, painstaking restoration." "In this publication, the author places the Rokeby Venus in its poltical and art-historical context, comparing and contrasting it with works by Giorgione, Veronese, Titian, Goya and Manet."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved

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As these two books demonstrate, the female nude still inspires artists and scholars. In her personal "collection" of representations, graphic designer Ferrara (European Instit. of Design, Milan) sets ... Read full review


The Woman with the Blade 7 Venus and Maja 8 The Seductress
Dating the Painting 25 Venus at the Mirror and the Tradition of Epithalamia
Venus at the Mirrora Wedding Gift? 35 Attributes 40 Images of Venus

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Prater received a doctorate 1974 on Michelangelo's Cappella Medicea.

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