Sleeping Venus (Giorgione)  

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Train wreck at Montparnasse (October 22, 1895) by Studio Lévy and Sons.
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The painting was inspired by Titian's Venus of Urbino, which in turn refers to Giorgione's Sleeping Venus[1]. There were pictorial precedents for a nude woman, attended by a (black) servant, such as Ingres' Odalisque with a Slave (1842), Léon Benouville's Esther with Odalisque (1844) and Charles Jalabert's Odalisque (1842).[2] Comparison is also made to Ingres' La grande Odalisque (1814). But Manet did not depict a goddess or an odalisque, but a high-class prostitute waiting for a client. The classic work that most closely resembles Manet's in character is Francisco Goya's La maja desnuda (c. 1800).

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