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Venus of Urbino Revived

Venus of Urbino Revived

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Mara Superior

Ceramic artist Mara Superior’s porcelain sculpture reflects the artist’s engagement with the history of Western art. This piece is inspired by the Venus of Urbino, an iconic work by the Italian Renaissance painter Titian. Not only does the artist replicate Titian’s subject, but she also embeds an image of the painting in the work, identifying it as the “first modern painting.” Superior also references the long history of Western ceramic production in her work. The inclusion of a reclining nude female figure in an oval vessel, for example, echoes French sixteenth-century ceramic vessels that featured erotic subjects made for the royal court.
Mara Superior
(American, b. 1951)
Venus of Urbino Revived
Porcelain, oxides, underglaze, glaze, gold leaf, decal
13 x 19 x 3 in. overall
Gift of the Kohler Foundation, Inc.
Accession No.
United States


Roy and Mara Superior Collection represented by Ferrin Contemporary (North Adams, MA); 2018, sold by Ferrin Contemporary to Kohler Foundation Inc. (Kohler, WI); December 2018, gifted to Chazen Museum of Art

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