Sleeping Venus

Giorgione (1477/78-1510), Tizian (c. 1488/90-1576) | Painter


This painting is one of the most famous works of the Renaissance. In fact, it has made art history, because it was the first large-scale nude representation of a woman in Italy. In ancient Roman mythology, Venus was the goddess of love and beauty. The calmness of her sleep and the harmony of her body are reflected in the idyllic character of the landscape. Since Giorgione died of the plague in 1510, his collaborator Titian completed the painting, probably above all the drapery and the landscape.

Material & Technique
Oil on canvas
Gemäldegalerie Alte Meister
c. 1508/10
Inventory number
Gal.-Nr. 185