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Titian's "Venera Anadiomena": an exhibition of one masterpiece in The Hague

In the Gallery of Prince William V, which is part of the Royal Gallery of the Mauritshuis, until December 7, Titian's “Venus leaving the sea” - “Venera Anadiomena” is visiting, if in Greek. She arrived from Edinburgh: her place of permanent residence is the National Gallery of Scotland. This canvas Titian argued that he was able to compete with ancient sculpture.Small breasts, rounded belly, lush thighs ... What seems to us the ideal of the beauty of Titian, in fact - the ancient canon. His Venus, born out of the water, busily squeezes out wet hair and takes on a pose well known for the sculptures with the conditional name Venus Squatting - in the photo above is a Roman copy from an ancient Greek original from the Louvre collection.
In ancient sculptors (and after - in their imitators) it was a very popular story: the bathing goddess of beauty. Even coming out of the sea foam, she does not forget about hygiene, but at the same time allows us to admire herself.

And this “Aphrodite of Cnidus” (Venus is the Roman synonym for Aphrodite) from the Louvre is one of the best sculptures of Praxitele and Aphrodite, which the ancient Greeks themselves considered unsurpassed. Her position in his "Venus", written in the 1525th year, Titian also reproduces: a slight right turn, left leg protruding forward.

It can be said that Titian's “Venus” is also a copy of the “Aphrodite Anadiomena” of the ancient Greek painter Apelles. Yes, but the original is not preserved. But, describing him in his "Natural History", Pliny the Elder draws the words of a goddess who squeezes her hair.
By the way, there is a version that Apelles in his Aphrodite Anadyomene and Praxitel in Aphrodite of Cnidus portrayed the same woman, whose bust was considered perfect by contemporaries, the heterie Frynu. Both at different times were in a romantic relationship with a beautiful woman.
Titian's "Venus" arrived in The Hague as part of a project that started at the Gallery of Prince William V last year: once a year, the masterpiece of an artist whose work is poorly represented in the Netherlands will be brought to the city for several weeks. There is only one own Titian in the country - in Rotterdam, in the Boymans Museum - van Beuningen - “A Child with a Dog”:A boy with dogsTician Vechelio 1575, 100 × 117 cmA, the project started last year - from Caravaggio's “Young Man Bitten by a Lizard”, who was rented from the London National Gallery.The gallery of Prince William V, which is called the hidden pearl of The Hague, is worth a visit even for the sake of interior decoration: in 1774, William V built it specifically to display his paintings, and recently restored the gallery and brought it to its original brilliance. Luxurious curtains and crystal chandeliers, walls, floor to ceiling hung with paintings in impressive frames - all this makes no less impression than a hundred and fifty exhibits on display in the gallery.
William V was not indifferent to the rich interiors with an abundance of paintings. For example, one of the masterpieces in his collection is “People in the Interior with Paintings” (1672), the author is the Flemish Gonzales Cox, who was called “Little Van Dyck”:In the Gallery of William V, you can look at the two works, clearly written under the influence of Titian, who is currently visiting The Hague.
  • Antonio Dzanki. Sisyphus. OK. 1660 - 1665.
  • Giovanni Batista Langetti. Titiy. OK. 1660 - 1665.
These two paintings, referring to Titian, were not acquired by William V, but by King William I in 1831, for Mauritshuis.