A painting of a nude with no nude, from 1822


Venus Rising from the Sea, a Deception (After the Bath) (1822) was painted by Raphaelle Peale (1774 – 1825.) Peale was known for his trompe l'oeil art and still life paintings. In this painting, he comments on the then current practice of covering nude paintings. The cloth in his painting is not covering a "real" woman, but is actually covering another painting, called Venus Rising from the Sea (1772) by James Barry (1741 -1806). Peale makes a distinction between the painting of the painting, and the painting of the cloth. (Click painting above for very large version.)

Venus Rising from the Sea (1772) by James Barry

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