|Titian, Venus Of Urbino, 1538. (source)|
|Titian, Salome, 1515, (source)|
What I love about Titian's Venus, is she is one name only, the title could easily be the courtesan of Urbino, and in that way she flouts convention, the background is important- because at that time (and really up until quite recently) nudity was only acceptable in a mythological guise. But instead of standing on a seashell- this Venus is sitting on a bed- and looking out from the picture- another totally shocking element for the time. This painting is so influential as far as the way that women were painted as subjects, and so early to address that issue, I love it for that alone, though the composition is pretty great too.