Analysis Of Rona Goffen And Mary Pardo

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Rona Goffen and Mary Pardo both discuss the uses of and responses to Titian’s paintings of women. Goffen focuses on who these women were, their agency, and what can be gleaned for the details of such paintings to come to a conclusion. Pardo focuses on how Titian’s abilities to make paint tactile relate to the eroticism and sexuality of his art. Both authors bring up ideas of agency and gender in art and also the importance of understanding these paintings, and their sitters, in their time. Both Goffen and Pardo view many of Titian’s paintings of women to be erotic or sensual and site that as an important quality of the painting. Pardo discusses the importance of the evocation of emotion for the success of a painting. It’s “Truth” she wrote, was based on this ability to be erotic and create feelings. The ability to contact the senses of the eye and touch was also a sign of skill attributed highly to Titian with his use of colors and the rough canvas he preferred. Goffen also discusses the Renaissance beliefs that women are innately sexual, and that this was not seen as a bad thing. In fact, to be beautiful is related to being virtuous and so many upper class women wanted their portraits to portray a sensual nature. Pardo relates this to the paintings uses as decoration or for personal sexual enticement. While this most definitely could be true, and probably was for many pictures, she doesn’t discuss and point of agency for the women portrayed and may simplify their

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