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Venus & Danae after Titian

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Venus & Danaë; a fine pair of engravings by Robert Strange after the original paintings by Titian.

The Venus of Urbino was painted by Titian during the 1530s. It is based on the Dresden Venus, attributed to Giorgione but considered to have had the hand of Titian in its production. Devoid of any classical or allegorical trappings the painting is to be seen as sensually explicit  and unapologetically erotic. According to Greek mythology Danaë allowed herself to be seduced by Zeus who broke through her defences by appearing in the form of a shower of gold, long interpreted as gold coins and a metaphor for prostitution. At least six versions were produced at the studios of Titan, the first being painted for Cardinal Alessandro Farnese and all with the features of Cardinal's courtesan mistress Angela.

These beautiful, sharp and inky engravings were produced in 1768, around the time that the final version of Danaë was completed. A Latin inscription outside of the printed mount (l.r) states that Robert Strange made a drawing of the work in Naples in 1762, when it belonged to the King of Naples, and then engraved it in London in 1768. Robert Strange 1721-1792 was a Scottish engraver, writer and collector, highly acclaimed and working in London from around 1750. In 1760 he left for Rome and spent the next four years producing a series of of engravings after old master paintings. They were met with critical acclaim such that he gained membership of Académie Royale of Paris, and the academies of Rome, Florence, Bologna and Parma.

Within late 19th century black moulding frames.

21.3/4 in x 18 1/8 in  

Item Code: 4078

£ 1150

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