1485 - 1490 ca.
Oil on board transferred to canvas
This Venus, painted at the moment of maximum activity in the Florentine master's workshop, at the end of the 15th century, appears naked to the visitor, light and pale, behind him a niche with a dark background; he rests his feet on a light marble step, which the conservation events of the painting have made slightly askew. She tries, modestly, to cover herself with her hands and with her long auburn blonde hair. The link between this painting, which was born on wood, and the very famous Birth of Venus in the Uffizi, which is executed on canvas, has long been discussed; today we tend to see in the Venus Gualino an independent work, even taking into account a mention by Giorgio Vasari, who recalls how similar representations were found in various Florentine houses, produced in Botticelli's workshop: a sculpture of the type of Venus Pudica must have been the common model between these works and the Uffizi canvas. Purchased in 1920 by Riccardo Gualino, in whose collection it was put to "dialogue" with the works of Modigliani and other contemporary artists, it reached the Galleria Sabauda with the donation of 1930.