Modesty Drives Change in Venetian Painting

Expert analysis of a 15th century Venetian painting by Giorgione shows that the artist changed the subject's clothing style from that of a "seductive female" to more modest dress.

Painted in the 1500s, the portrait called "Laura" originally depicted a woman in a low-cut dress with skin shown at the waist. The artist added a transparent veil to the bodice and a piece of fur to the waist to make the clothing more discreet.