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 Etty, William (English painter, 1787-1849) , Venus of Urbino (after Titian)

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Title Venus of Urbino (after Titian)
Collection Royal Scottish Academy (Collections), Edinburgh
Artist Etty, William (English painter, 1787-1849)
After Titian (Italian painter and draftsman, ca. 1488-1576)
Date 1823
Description This is a life-size copy of Titian's Venus of Urbino (before 1538, Uffizi) by William Etty (1787-1849). Titian probably intended this salacious image for a high member of the aristocracy, who could afford to disregard the traditional notions of propriety of the time. Etty, almost300 years later, towards the end of his sojourn in Italy, stated that Titian's Venus was the work, with which 'I mean to crown my labours in Italy and put on them their Corinthian capital'. On 28 July 1823, Etty had finished his painting, which he considered the best copy he had ever produced.
Current Accession Number 1993.19
Subject mythology (Venus)
Measurements 122.3 x 169.6 cm cm (estimate)
Material oil on canvas
Acquisition Details Purchased from the executors of William Etty 1853.
Provenance With William Etty until 1853.
Publications Annual Report of the Council of the Royal Scottish Academy of Painting, Sculpture and Architecture, Edinburgh, 1853, p. 22; Gaunt, W. and G. Roe, Etty and the Nude: The Art and Life of William Etty, R. A. 1787-1849, Leigh-on-Sea, 1943, p. 37.
Notes Back, label, ur: 'Royal Scottish Academy Artist: William Etty Title: Venus of Urbino Accession no.'.
Rights Owner Royal Scottish Academy
Author Dr Claudia Heide



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