A Titian for the Ashmolean Museum


Tiziano Vecellio, known as Titian (1489/1490-1576)
Love Triumphs over Force, 1545
Oil on canvas - Diameter : 85 cm
Oxford, Ashmolean Museum
Photo : The Art Fund

27/6/09 – Acquisition – Oxford, Ashmolean Museum – Thanks to an Acceptance in Lieu and the sum of 180,000£ provided by The Art Fund, the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford has just enriched its collections with a painting by Titian, Love Triumphs over Force (ill.). This tondo shows Cupid armed with his bow and arrows standing atop a lion against a landscape. The work was covered with touch-ups but a careful exam and restoration by the National Gallery in London revealed its quality and demonstrated its authenticity.

This painting was commissioned by Gabriel Vendramin for whom the artist had also executed The Vendramin Family held in London. The Ashmolean Museum already owned a painting by Titian, the Portrait of Giacomo Doria, acquired in 2000. will be presented at the National Gallery in London from 21 July to 20 September 2009, before returning to Oxford for the reopening of the Ashmolean, currently under refurbishment.

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Didier Rykner, vendredi 10 juillet 2009



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