Venus of Urbino

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Title: Venus of Urbino

Date work started: 1538

Date work completed: 1538

Place created: Venice

Patron: unknown

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Material: oil on canvas

Dimensions: 119.0cm X 165.0cm

Genre: myth

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  • Sequence: Itinerary 1 of 4

    Owner Name: Titian

    In possession from: 1538 to 1538

    Location: Casa Grande

    Notes:

    Humfrey says work began in 1536 and ended in 1538 (p.107)

    Citations: Humfrey, Peter, Titian: The Complete Paintings, (New York: H.N. Abrams, 2007) p. 107.


  • Sequence: Itinerary 2 of 4

    Owner Name: Guidobaldo II Della Rovere/Duke of Urbino

    In possession from: 1538 to 1548

    Location: Villa imperiale

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  • Sequence: Itinerary 3 of 4

    Owner Name: Della Rovere/Duke of Urbino

    In possession from: 1548 to 1631

    Location: Palazzo Ducale

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  • Sequence: Itinerary 4 of 4

    Owner Name: Medici

    In possession from: 1631 to Present

    Location: Galleria degli Uffizi

    Notes:

    The painting was transferred to Firenze as part of the dowry for the wedding of Ferdinando II de'Medici and Vittoria della Rovere, Princess of Urbino. In celebration of the wedding an opera 'Le Nozze degli dei' was performed in the courtyard of the Pitti Palace, Florence, 8 July 1637. The libretto for this masque was written by Giovanni Carlo Coppola, the Bishop of Muro. The choreography was done by Agniolo Ricci and the scenographer was the Italian architect Alfonso Parigi the Younger (1606–1656). Della Bella's etchings are the only surviving record of Parigi's staging.

    Citations: Humfrey, Peter, Titian: The Complete Paintings, (New York: H.N. Abrams, 2007) p. 107.


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