“The vision of the women of Titian” is not intended for the eyes of #MeToo

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It’s all the rage these days for museums to focus on women artists that have been forgotten by history. Now comes a variation on exhibition curator in an egalitarian way.

By the title alone, The Kunsthistorisches Museum in Viennathe exhibition “The vision of the women of the Titians” seems less doctrinaire than the archetypal image of woman as an object of art.

But the exhibition examples do not match the bill advertised – “Shortly after 1500, Titian in Venice began to produce paintings in which women were portrayed in a new light.

High expectations

Reading this, you would expect to see images of women painted by Titian do something – whatever – in addition to showing off their body, behaving seductively or getting violated.

I easily think of the famous painting of Titian Diane and Callisto, Who mtells the tired myth of Diana discovering that the Roman god Jupiter got her maid Callisto pregnant.

To hear the historian Kenneth clark say it in his 1972 Delivered “Study in an ideal form”, the crouching figure in the center of Diana and Callisto – Actaeon (one of Diana’s nymphs) – “is one of the most seductive nudes in all painting”, it certainly cannot be the depiction of women thrown into ” a new light “.

Then there is the seemingly endless procession of paintings of Venus by Titian, such as Venus and Adonis and Venus of Urbino, each without a point, each faithfully following the rote practices found in ancient mythology.

European rape, for example, would be particularly difficult to reconcile with the trumpeted “new light”. The image of Jupiter disguised as a bull raping the mother of King Minos is nasty.

Titian made sure you won’t forget this painting by coloring the torn dress of Europe’s body blood red. And, as if a bestialized woman wasn’t enough, he includes in the distance Europethe companions howl helplessly.

But wait, while some of these paintings by greek myths are in the show, TitianPortraits of women living in her time constitute what the museum understands by “women represented in a new light”.

All softness and light

Apparently, the very existence of such portraits of women live in 16th century Vienna is supposed to tell you how special they were in Viennese society.

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What is so special?

Apparently women had some new rights in the area of ​​dowry and inheritance at the time. It’s not nothing, but …

Despite these new rights and despite the fact that these portraits look like real women, Titian always managed to bar their breasts or offer partial views.

Do not worry.

Daily Art says that although these portraits of women feature exposed anatomy, they are not the dragged that historians thought they were. New research allows for a different interpretation. Ready?

These portraits are believed to be symbols of brides who open their hearts to their future husbands. Or like Daily Art In other words, they represent the woman’s agreement to a union proposal: “TitianThe paintings of women celebrate women as the greatest subject of life, love and art.

In this case, in the mind of egalitarianism, does this mean that if women artists to portray men with their anatomy sticking out of their pants, which would also represent life, love and art?

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