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The Creative Courtesan: The Art of High Class Prostitution in Renaissance Italy Ms Sarah Dunant Wednesday 04 March 2020

Titian’s Venus of Urbino is just one of a number of Renaissance masterpieces that celebrate the beauty of the female form. But who were the women who modelled for such paintings? In an age where the church demanded celibacy but turned a blind eye to chastity, and where rich high class men married late to virginal women they were not expected to be faithful to, where did all that male desire go? The answer, in cities like Rome and Venice, was the birth of courtesan culture: women as cultured, clever and fashionable as they were lovely.

This lecture names names and tells stories, with wonderful images to match.