Titian's "Venus and Adonis" Analytical Essay by Nicky

Titian's "Venus and Adonis"
Analysis of Titian's painting "Venus and Adonis."
# 148832 | 1,275 words | 3 sources | MLA | 2011 | US
Published on Nov 07, 2011 in Art (Artists) , Art (Painting)

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This paper gives an in-depth analysis of the Renaissance artist Titian's painting entitled "Venus and Adonis." The paper first describes the scene, explaining the myth, the characters in the painting and the story's outcome. Then, the paper focuses on the composition and style of the work, further explaining how Titian's depiction of Venus was a representation of female perfection. Finally, the paper explores the different interpretations of a modern audience to this work as opposed to that of Renaissance viewers.

From the Paper:

"As depicted on the cover of a scholarly book, Titan and Tragic Painting, however, the nude Venus is used to draw the eye of the viewer to purchase the work. The use of Venus' nudity has a more playful quality, as her buttocks are at the center of the cover design. Perhaps this choice of centering Venus indicates that the writer has some sense of humor about his subject. He may have wished to convey the fact that, despite the seriousness of the work there is something 'sexy' in a playful way about it, despite its title. That is why Venus and Adonis is chosen, as opposed to some of Titan's other creations. While the story of Venus and Adonis is tragic, and thus fitting the subject of the book, on first glance, especially for someone not very familiar with the painting or the myth, the central image on the cover is anything but tragic--it is merely eye-catching. To find out why the painting is tragic, the viewer would have to read the book."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Puttfarken, Thomas. Titan and Tragic Painting. New Haven: Yale, 2005.
  • Sorabella, Jean. "The Nude in the Middle Ages and the Renaissance". In Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2000-. January 2009. May 21, 2009. http://www.metmuseum.org/toah/hd/numr/hd_numr.htm
  • Venus and Adonis. The Getty Museum. May 21, 2009. www.getty.edu/art/gettyguide/artObjectDetails?artobj=1030

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