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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 [+]

Salome
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1550
Titian (Tiziano Vecellio)
Salome
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1550
Titian (Tiziano Vecellio)

Salome, an Edomite princess born of Herodias and the wife of Herod Philip I, carries the severed head of Saint John the Baptist on a tray, illustrating a Bible passage from Matthew (14:1–11) and Mark [+]

Christ as the Gardener
Oil on canvas. 1553
Titian (Tiziano Vecellio)
Christ as the Gardener
Oil on canvas. 1553
Titian (Tiziano Vecellio)

In 1553 Titian painted a Noli me tangere for Mary of Hungary, the Emperor Charles V’s sister, which the Spanish Ambassador in Venice described as a “work very worthy of being seen”. Following its arri [+]

The Allocution of Marquis del Vasto to his Troops
Oil on canvas. 1540 - 1541
Titian (Tiziano Vecellio)
The Allocution of Marquis del Vasto to his Troops
Oil on canvas. 1540 - 1541
Titian (Tiziano Vecellio)

Alfonso d´Avalos, first Marchese del Vasto, was born in Ischia on 25 May 1502 to a noble Neapolitan family of Castilian origins. He fought in Pavia (1525) under the orders of his uncle Fernando d´Aval [+]

Venus with an Organist and a Dog
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1550
Titian (Tiziano Vecellio)
Venus with an Organist and a Dog
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1550
Titian (Tiziano Vecellio)

In contrast to the paintings created for the Camerino d´Alabastro and the poesie made for Philip II, the canvases on the subject of Venus do not form a homogenous group as they were not painted for on [+]

The Glory
Oil on canvas. 1551 - 1554
Titian (Tiziano Vecellio)
The Glory
Oil on canvas. 1551 - 1554
Titian (Tiziano Vecellio)

Charles V commissioned The Glory from Titian during their meeting in Augsburg in 1550-51. The painting was completed in October 1554 and was sent to Brussels. The unusual composition, which must corre [+]

Ecce Homo
Oil on canvas. 1565 - 1570
Titian (Tiziano Vecellio) (Attributed To)
Ecce Homo
Oil on canvas. 1565 - 1570
Titian (Tiziano Vecellio) (Attributed To)

This painting depicts a passage from the Gospel of Saint John (19, 4-5) which recounts how after Christ had been whipped and crowned with thorns: Pilate therefore went forth again, and saith unto them [+]

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 live [+]

Religion assisted by Spain
Oil on canvas. 1572 - 1575
Titian (Tiziano Vecellio)
Religion assisted by Spain
Oil on canvas. 1572 - 1575
Titian (Tiziano Vecellio)

Religion succoured by Spain (c.1572-75), belongs to the last group of paintings that Titian sent to Philip II in 1576, one year before the artist’s death. As such, it is almost seven decades older tha [+]

Christ on the Way to Calvary
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1560
Titian (Tiziano Vecellio)
Christ on the Way to Calvary
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1560
Titian (Tiziano Vecellio)

The Museo del Prado has two paintings of this Gospel episode (Matthew 27: 32-33; Mark 21-22; Luke 23: 26-27) which narrates how Simon of Cyrene had to carry the cross for the exhausted Christ on the w [+]

Saint John the Baptist
Oil on canvas. 1550 - 1555
Titian (Tiziano Vecellio)
Saint John the Baptist
Oil on canvas. 1550 - 1555
Titian (Tiziano Vecellio)

This work joins the two known compositions on this subject by the artist, one in the Galleria dell’Accademia in Venice (ca. 1530-1532) and the other in El Escorial (1565-1570). When he produced a pain [+]

The Andrians
Oil on canvas. 1523 - 1526
Titian (Tiziano Vecellio)
The Andrians
Oil on canvas. 1523 - 1526
Titian (Tiziano Vecellio)

Having delivered the Bacchus and Ariadne in 1523 Titian then painted The Andrians, also inspired by Philostratus (Imagines I, 25). The scene is set on the island of Andros, a place so favoured by Bacc [+]

Emperor Charles V with a Dog
Oil on canvas. 1533
Titian (Tiziano Vecellio)
Emperor Charles V with a Dog
Oil on canvas. 1533
Titian (Tiziano Vecellio)

The period between 1530 and 1533 was crucial for the formulation of the image of Charles V. The image that ultimately proved most influential was invented by Jacob Seisenegger who painted five full-le [+]

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 [+]

Empress Isabella of Portugal
Oil on canvas. 1548
Titian (Tiziano Vecellio)
Empress Isabella of Portugal
Oil on canvas. 1548
Titian (Tiziano Vecellio)

The portraits that Titian painted of Isabella (1503-1539), daughter of King Manuel of Portugal and wife of Charles V from 1526, constitute one of the most moving episodes within Renaissance art. When [+]

Ecce Homo
Oil on slate. 1547
Titian (Tiziano Vecellio)
Ecce Homo
Oil on slate. 1547
Titian (Tiziano Vecellio)

Although we do not know when Titian first treated this subject, it was probably in 1535, when he painted a Christ for Federico Gonzaga following a model provided by the duke. The earliest surviving Ec [+]

Adam and Eve
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1550
Titian (Tiziano Vecellio)
Adam and Eve
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1550
Titian (Tiziano Vecellio)

The painting is a faithful visualisation of Genesis 30, 9-19 in which Eve is blamed for accepting the forbidden fruit (although the type of fruit is not stated, Titian follows tradition and opts for a [+]

Knight with a Clock
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1550
Titian (Tiziano Vecellio)
Knight with a Clock
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1550
Titian (Tiziano Vecellio)

The unknown subject of this portrait has been identified, inconclusively, as either Gianello della Torre, a clockmaker at the Spanish court, or some member of the Cuccini family. Whether or not the fi [+]

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