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Two Venetian Ladies

Two Venetian Ladies
Artist Vittore Carpaccio
Year c. 1490
Type Oil on panel
Dimensions 94 cm × 64 cm (37 in × 25 in)
Location Museo Correr, Venice

Two Venetian Ladies is a painting by the Italian Renaissance artist Vittore Carpaccio.

The painting, believed to be a quarter of the original work, was executed around 1490 and shows two unknown Venetian ladies. The top portion of the panel, called Hunting on the Lagoon is in the Getty Museum, and another matching panel is missing. The painting was formerly considered to show two courtesans. Modern art historians think them more likely members to be of the patrician Torella family, as suggested by their fine clothes and the pearl necklaces, but academic debate continues, as with other similar Venetian paintings of the period.[1] Several objects - the white kerchief, the pearls and the animals (the doves, Venus's bird) are symbols of chastity. Note the chopines, or platform clogs, on the left.

Another painted panel, now in the trompe-l'œil painting since antiquity.

References

  • Getty video on how the two panels fitted together
  • Page at artonline.it (Italian)
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