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    Sale 5431

    Old Master & British Pictures

    11 July 2008, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 79

    Follower of Tiziano Vecellio, called Titian

    The Lovers

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    Follower of Tiziano Vecellio, called Titian
    The Lovers
    oil on canvas
    33 7/8 x 28 3/8 in. (86 x 59.4 cm.)

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    The composition derives from a lost painting by Titian, of which various copies are known. One is in the Casa Buonarroti, Florence (see W. Suida, Tiziano, Rome, 1933, p. 149, pl. XXXII b) and another is in the Royal Collection, Windsor Castle (catalogued as by Giovanni Cariani, see J. Shearman, Early Italian Pictures in the Collection of Her Majesty The Queen, Cambridge, 1983, pp. 69-72, no. 65, pl. 62), and more recently proposed as the lost original, see (P. Joannides, Titian to 1518, New Haven and London, 2001, pp. 253-4).

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