Art History Meme: 9/9 paintings
Sacred and Profane Love by Titian
ca. 1514. Galleria Borghese, Rome.
"Art historians have been wondering for centuries which of the women represents profane love and which of the women represents sacred love. The background might give a clue. In the background behind the semi-nude woman the viewer sees a church, especially the campanile. A lake separates the church from two hunters on horseback and their dog, who is chasing prey. This also hints that the semi-nude woman is Venus, as Venus was also connected with the hunt. A castle, a symbol of temporal or profane power, is seen in the distance, behind the gowned woman. Another hunter on horseback can be seen on the road to the castle, but between him and the gowned woman are two rabbits, symbols of fertility, if not cupidity. So the puzzle is: who’s sacred and who’s profane?" [x]