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Sleeping Venus

Pennacchi Girolamo da Treviso II

(Treviso c. 1498 - Bologna 1544)

Quite controversial in the past, the attribution of the painting to Girolamo da Treviso is now practically unanimous. Subtly recondite and probably connected with the engravings of the Hypnerotomachia Poliphili, the subject refers to the composition of Giorgione’s Dresden Venus. In addition, the fullness of the figure recalls models of the 15th century. In the typically Venetian background is a city covered by smoke – probably a metaphor of passion – whose spent flames do not seem to interest Venus, asleep on a thin sheet lying on the bare ground.

Object details

oil on canvas
cm 130 x 213
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