Reclining nude  

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Venus of Urbino (1538, detail) by Titian. The frankness of Venus' expression is often noted; she makes direct eye contact with the viewer
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Venus of Urbino (1538, detail) by Titian. The frankness of Venus' expression is often noted; she makes direct eye contact with the viewer

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Train wreck at Montparnasse (October 22, 1895) by Studio Lévy and Sons.
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Train wreck at Montparnasse (October 22, 1895) by Studio Lévy and Sons.

In the visual arts, the reclining nude has been an enduring motif since the Renaissance. It is perhaps most famously depicted in The Venus of Urbino (1538) and The Great Odalisque (1819). However, the first female reclining nude in modern European painting is Giorgione's The Sleeping Venus, painted in 1510, if one discounts the Venus Anadyomene of Pompeii. It is also one of the first works of art in which the female figure is the only subject of the painting.

Notable examples

See also

reclining, nude, erotic art




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