Inventory number
P00427
Author
Titian [Vecellio di Gregorio Tiziano]
Title
Tityus
Chronology
1548-1549
Technique
Oil
Support
Canvas
Dimensions
253 cm x 217 cm
School
Italian
Theme
Mythology
On display
Yes
Provenance
Colección Real (Real Alcázar, Madrid, salón de los espejos-cuartos principales, 1700, nº 3; Palacio Real Nuevo, Madrid, primera sala de la Furriera, 1747, nº 31; Palacio Real Nuevo, Madrid, antecámara de su majestad, 1772, nº 31; Palacio Real Nuevo, Madrid, antecámara, 1794, nº 31; Palacio Real, Madrid, antecámara, 1814-1818, nº 31).

Ticius, a giant of classical mythology, is assassinated by Apollo and Diana for having raped their mother, Latona. As punishment, he is condemned to the underworld where two buzzards devour his liver, which grows back eternally. Along with Sisyphus (P00426), Tantalus and Ixion, this work is part of the group known as the Damned or the Furies, which Titian painted at the behest of María de Hungría (1505-1558), who was the sister of Carlos V (1500-1558). The latter two works were lost when Madrid's Alcázar Palace burned in 1734. They were conceived with a moral purpose, as a warning to those who dared defy the Emperor.

This work entered the Prado Museum in 1828.

 
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