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    Sale 12307

    Old Master and British Paintings

    2 November 2016, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 60

    Roman School, 17th century, after Tiziano Vecellio, called Titian

    The Worship of Venus


    Roman School, 17th century, after Tiziano Vecellio, called Titian
    The Worship of Venus
    oil on canvas
    66 ½ x 69 ½ in. (169 x 176.5 cm.)
    in an 18th Century French elaborate giltwood frame

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    Titian's Worship of Venus in the Museo Nacional del Prado, Madrid, was made for the so-called camerino d'alabastro of Alfonso I d'Este in Ferrara, before being moved in 1598 together with the rest of the group of pictures to the Aldobrandini Palace in Rome, where they remained until 1637. The handling here suggests it may have been a copy executed in Rome, and it is likely that Francesco Albani, amongst others, would have had access to Titian's works during the time he spent in the city between 1600 and 1625. An 18th century label on the reverse, written in French, suggests an attribution in fact to Albani: 'No 266 Franc. Albani. La Fécondité de la Nature représentée par une Multitude de Genies cueillant et ramassant des Pommes & dans un fond de Paysage, très grande Composition.

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