… a famous lost nude by Giorgione and an engraving of Venus by Goltzius. The Giorgione nude was depicted with its back toward the viewer and the other sides of the figure were visible by means of the ingenious use of reflections: one side was imaged in a mirror, another in shining armor, and the front turned away from the viewer in the surface of a pool of water. The strategy, chosen by Giorgione to demonstrate painting’s ability to outdo sculpture, has, like Giorgione’s works in general, a decidedly northern flavor. Van Eyck had done a similarly constructed work showing a woman at her bath. (…)
We can trace the history of this Italian manner to picturing right up to Picasso. In combining different views to make on e face or one body, Picasso elected to go so far as to distort or to reconstruct the human anatomy.
Svetlana Alpers - The Art of Describing. Dutch Art in the Seventeenth Century