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Titian (Tiziano Vecellio)

Venus Rising from the Sea ('Venus Anadyomene')
Titian lived in Venice for most of his life, but was also known throughout Europe. He may have made this work to rival a famous ancient Greek painter called Apelles. Apelles was greatly admired in the 1500s. He had painted a 'Venus Rising from the Sea', which had since been lost and was known only through a written description. Titian's Venus is a big, beautiful woman who dominates the picture. She looks unaware of being seen, like a celebrity snapped by a paparazzo while wading ashore after a swim. The only reference to her mythical status is the small scallop shell in the bottom left-hand corner.
  • Credits Accepted in lieu of Inheritance Tax by HM Government (hybrid arrangement) and allocated to the Scottish National Gallery, with additional funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund, the Art Fund (with a contribution from the Wolfson Foundation), and the Scottish Executive, 2003
  • Medium Oil on canvas
  • Size 75.80 x 57.60 cm (framed: 103.00 x 84.00 x 15.00 cm)


Titian was one of the most famous living artists of his time. Like Picasso in the twentieth century and Damien Hirst today, Titian was in great demand as an artist and became very wealthy.