Art History Take Home Midterm portion

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Take-Home Midterm 1. Édouard Manet painted Olympia in 1863, and once it was displayed it sparked plenty of controversy. The idea for the painting was not completely original, however, as Manet was inspired by a few other works, most notably, Titian’s Venus of Urbino . Titian himself based his painting off of Girogione’s Sleeping Venus , but Titian’s version is much more sensual. In Venus of Urbino , the woman is indifferent about her nudity and is situated in a very erotic fashion. Manet’s version of the woman is quite different. For one, she is not a voluptuous, idealized nude. Instead, she is relatively skinny, which at the time was an undesirable quality for a woman to possess. She is presented is a harsh light and is shown with defined, hard lines that accentuate her coldness. She is not al all inviting, and instead seems annoyed at her unexpected guest. Not even the servant can please her by presenting the gift of flowers to her.
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