It's not everyday one comes across any form of documentary or clip about the mysterious Giorgione. I have posted before on the interesting episode of Every Painting Tells a Story where Waldemar Januszczak tries his hand at a classical reading of The Tempest.
Whilst I doubt this clip will attract as much debate, it is nonetheless enjoyable to see Giorgione's Venus get some attention. Thought for many years to be a later rendition of Titian's Venus of Urbino, it is stunning to note that Giorgione's work is actually the precursor.
Although the documentary states there were no literary sources for this work - other scholars have likened the pose to a woodcut seen in the 1499 Venetian allegorical romance Hypnerotomachia Poliphili by Aldus Manutius.
Francesco Colonna's woodcut of Nymph & Satyr is suggested as the inspiration for Giorgione's Venus
The painting was completed in c.1510, after Giorgione's death. It is believed that Titian finished the painting, primarily working on the landscape and sky. This is the earliest known example since antiquity of a full nude being the central subject of a painting, and in this sense is a truly landmark work.
Unfortunately, this painting still lives in something of an obscurity- particularly from the general public. This may have to do with the fact that being located in Dresden it is out of sight of many Renaissance art tourists that travel to Italy - or simply because people are more familiar with Titian's work. Part of this focus perhaps is associated with Mark Twain's famous description of Titian's work in 1880 - which you can read a wonderful post about at Museworthy, a blog I've recently discovered looking at art from a professional art model's perspective.
The clip was produced by EncyclopediaTV in 2006 and is freely available from the The Internet Archive, or viewable in the player below.