Beautiful Sinking Ship

crushed with a trembling island

Nudes of Titian and Manet

artist: Titian (Italy): the most important member of the 16th-century Venetian school.
time: 1538

artist: Édouard Manet (France): He was one of the first 19th-century artists to paint modern life, and a pivotal figure in the transition from Realism to Impressionism.
time: 1863

Comment:Manet’s Olympia is based on Titian’s Venus. They share similarities in composition and theme. They are both controversial due to the strong sense of sexuality. Especially the gaze of their eyes are “unabashedly confrontational”. However, Manet’s Olympia displays even more sexual tension considering the hint conveyed by her ornaments, the black cat, and the servant.

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