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Danaë and the Shower of Gold
Oil on canvas. 1560 - 1565
Titian (Tiziano Vecellio)
Danaë and the Shower of Gold
Oil on canvas. 1560 - 1565
Titian (Tiziano Vecellio)

The first Poesie presented to Prince Philip were Danaë (1553, The Wellington Collection) and Venus and Adonis (1554, Museo del Prado, P422), versions of other previous works, but endowed with all the prestige of the commissioning party. In turn, these works became models for numerous replicas (Danaë receiving the Golden Rain, 1560-65, Museo del Prado, P425).Danaë depicts the moment

Christ carrying the Cross
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1565
Titian (Tiziano Vecellio)
Christ carrying the Cross
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1565
Titian (Tiziano Vecellio)

Renaissance painting abounds with representations of Christ bearing the cross on the road to Calvary, either as an isolated figure, or with an executioner assailing him, or accompanied by soldiers, curious bystanders and followers, among whom the depiction of Simon of Cyrene is relatively common. According to three of the evangelists (Matthew 27:32-33, Mark 15:21-22, and Luke 23:26-27), Simon carr

Tityus
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1565
Titian (Tiziano Vecellio)
Tityus
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1565
Titian (Tiziano Vecellio)

In his Metamorphoses Ovid recounts the torments of the Giant Tityus, whose punishment for having attempted to rape the goddess Leto was to have two vultures devouring his continually regenerating liver for eternity. This work is Titian´s own late repetition of the original, painted by him for Mary of Hungary as part of a series of Furies. It was conceived as a warning for those who dared to challe

Saint Catherine of Alexandria
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1560
Titian (Tiziano Vecellio)
Saint Catherine of Alexandria
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1560
Titian (Tiziano Vecellio)

Although no entirely autograph painting of this subject survives, Titian painted it on numerous occasions, both as a single figure and within larger compositions. In 1648, for example, Ridolfi mentions at least tre inventioni di Santa Caterina martire, che si sposa a Christo diversamente dipinte, belonging to Cristofo and Francesco Muselli in Verona. The first (lost) image of the saint as a single

Venus with an Organist and Cupid
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1555
Titian (Tiziano Vecellio)
Venus with an Organist and Cupid
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1555
Titian (Tiziano Vecellio)

Titian painted five images of Venus and music, but those five variations on a single theme were not made for the same client, nor intended to be exhibited together. Set in a villa, they show Venus reclining before a large window. At her feet, an organist (in the versions at the Museo del Prado and the Staatliche Museen in Berlin) or a lutenist (at the Metropolitan Museum of New York and the Fitzwi

Saint Margaret
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1565
Titian (Tiziano Vecellio)
Saint Margaret
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1565
Titian (Tiziano Vecellio)

Philip II owned two pictures of this saint painted by Titian. The first can be identified with the portrait of Saint Margaret mentioned by the painter in a letter sent to the then Prince Philip on II October 1552. This painting came to the Escorial in 1574 and remains there. The version in the Museo del Prado is later and of better quality. It probably belonged to Mary of Hungary. While it is not

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