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Newly Published: Sublime Truth and the Senses: Titian's Poesie for King Philip II of Spain

Monday, August 5, 2019   (0 Comments)
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Newly published: Sublime Truth and the Senses: Titian's Poesie for King Philip II of Spain, by Marie Tanner (Harvey Miller: London & Turnhout: 2019).

The paintings for Philip II, known as the Poesie, are among the most frequently discussed works of art that address a favored Renaissance theme, the influence of the pagan gods on human actions. The commission is traceable to 1549, when Emperor Charles V summoned the artist to Augsburg following Prince Philip’s triumphal parade through the empire as his father’s heir apparent. The cycle that took shape comprises Danae and Venus and Adonis (Madrid, Prado); Diana and Actaeon and Diana and Callisto (Edinburgh, National Gallery of Scotland); Perseus and Andromeda (London, Wallace Collection) and Europa (Boston, Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum). These masterpieces of the artist’s mature period can be considered the most important Renaissance grouping of mythological paintings executed by a single artist.

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The paintings studied will be reassembled for the first time since 1704 and on exhibition in London, Edinburgh, Madrid, and Boston in 2020–21.

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