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Lady covering her Breast
Oil on canvas. 1580 - 1590
Tintoretto, Domenico
Lady covering her Breast
Oil on canvas. 1580 - 1590
Tintoretto, Domenico

The two canvases P382 y P384 are by the same artist and were probably intended as a pair. Their meaning can be gleaned from L’arte de Cenni (1616), the most important treatise on gestures of its day, written by the jurist Giovanni Bonifacio. According to Bonifacio, revealing a bare breast signifies sincerity, “as the breast is the location of the heart and when referring to speaking truly and sinc

Young Venetian Woman
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1580
Tintoretto, Domenico
Young Venetian Woman
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1580
Tintoretto, Domenico

Flora
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1590
Tintoretto, Domenico
Flora
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1590
Tintoretto, Domenico

There are two classical Floras: the mythological goddess, wife of Zephyrus and an example of marital harmony and fertility; and the legendary Roman prostitute of that name. The two became associated in the Middle Ages, and by the Renaissance both young brides and courtesans were identified with Flora. The wild rose held by this figure has a similarly dual meaning: a symbol of both marital fecundit

Lady revealing her Breast
Oil on canvas. 1580 - 1590
Tintoretto, Domenico
Lady revealing her Breast
Oil on canvas. 1580 - 1590
Tintoretto, Domenico

This depiction of an honest courtesan, presents an iconography of increasing interest to art historians in recent decades. With her curly blond hair, bare forehead and pearl necklace, as well as the breast she so generously offers the viewer, the model recalls a young woman whose mother sought to introduce her into the business of high-level prostitution, as described by Veronica Franco (1546-1591

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