(b. 1500, Treviso, d. 1571, Venice)

Venus and Cupid

Oil on canvas, 94 x 143 cm
Muzeum Narodowe, Warsaw

Many of Paris Bordone's early works consist of paintings half-length anonymous beautiful women, in the tradition of Giorgione and Palma Vecchio, as well as of Titian; but by the 1540s he had expanded his repertoire to include full-length mythological subjects, usually comprising prominent female nudes. The reclining nude figure of Venus had been a favourite subject in Venetian painting since the early years of the sixteenth century. Bordone's painting belongs to this tradition.

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