TIZIANO Vecellio
(b. 1490, Pieve di Cadore, d. 1576, Venezia)

Venus of Urbino (detail)

before 1538
Oil on canvas
Galleria degli Uffizi, Florence

In the corner of the room two servant-girls are perhaps looking for some garment - their presence in the picture being an excuse for the artist to create a sense of homeliness by means of what seems to be a workaday scene. Their gestures fairly vibrate in the light pouring in at the window, engendering a near-musical effect in the background, and enhancing the vital inner sparkle of Venus' nude body.

The dog, the roses held by Venus, and the myrtle plant on the window ledge are all symbols of the constancy of love.