"Venus with a Mirror" by Titian

Located in the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., this sensual work was painted when Titian was at the height of his artistic powers. Having already explored the theme of female eroticism in the “Venus of Urbino” and the “Penitent Magdalene,” in this later work, Titian adds an amazingly tactile sensual quality. You can almost feel the texture of the fabric, flesh and fur with your eyes. And while Venus may at first seem to be averting her gaze, she instead confronts the viewer in a shrewdly seductive manner using the mirror.

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