This painting is one of the most famous works in the collection. A masterly harmony lies over the sleeping figure and the wide landscape. It is the first large-scale representation of a female nude painted in Venice. Before this, the motif had only been used for small-scale panels for wedding chests. Moreover, for the first time a figure has been convincingly situated in the depth of space. Not only Palma il Vecchio, but generations of artists have been inspired by this painting.


  • Title: Sleeping Venus
  • Creator Lifespan: 1477/78 - 1510
  • Creator Nationality: Italy
  • Creator Gender: Male
  • Creator Death Place: Venice
  • Creator Birth Place: Castelfranco Veneto
  • Date Created: 1508 - 1510
  • Physical Dimensions: w1750 x h1085 mm
  • Painter: Giorgione
  • Collection: Gemäldegalerie Alte Meister (Old Masters Picture Gallery)
  • Additional Artist: Tiziano Vecellio (1488/90-1576)
  • Type: Painting
  • Rights: Gemäldegalerie Alte Meister, Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden Photograph: Hans Peter Klut/Elke Estel
  • External Link: http://skd-online-collection.skd.museum/de/contents/show?id=294844

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