1500 – 1600
End of the Renaissance and the Reformation

Titian's Venus of Urbino

Titian, Venus of Urbino, 1538, oil on canvas, 119.20 x 165.50 cm (Galleria degli Uffizi, Florence)

Speakers: Dr. Beth Harris, Dr. Steven Zucker

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K. Bender wrote on Wednesday, June 13, 2012

One can read a document in The Medici Archive Online (see my URL) about Vittoria, the last member of the Della Rovere family (Urbino) ,brought to Florence by her mother Claudia de' Medici in August 1623 and engaged to her cousin Ferdinando II de' Medici. The Medici family hoped in vain that Vittoria would bring the Duchy of Urbino as her dowry. They had to settle for the Della Rovere collection of paintings, including, Titian's Venus of Urbino, which arrived in Florence in 1631.

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