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ELEGANT ANECDOTES about ART: TITIAN AND PHILIP II.

ELEGANT ANECDOTES about ART: TITIAN AND PHILIP II.

ELEGANT ANECDOTES about TITIAN AND PHILIP II

Titian was not less esteemed by Philip II., than by his father, Charles V.

ELEGANT ANECDOTES about ART TITIAN AND PHILIP II Venus and Adonis

Venus and Adonis

When Philip married Mary, Queen of England, he presented him his famous picture of Venus and Adonis, with the following letter of congratulation, which may be found in Ticozzi’s Life of Titian:

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Philip II and Mary I of England

“To Philip, King of England, greeting:

“Most sacred Majesty! I congratulate your Majesty on the kingdom which God has granted to you; and I accompany my congratulations with the picture of Venus and Adonis, which I hope will be looked upon by you with the favorable eye you are accustomed to cast upon the works of your servant

“Titian.”

According to Palomino, Philip was sitting on his throne, in council, when the news arrived of the disastrous conflagration of the palace of the Prado, in which so many works by the greatest masters were destroyed. He earnestly demanded if the Titian Venus was among those saved, and on being informed it was, he exclaimed, “Then every other loss may be supported!”

ELEGANT ANECDOTES about ART TITIAN AND PHILIP II

Philip II of Spain by Titian

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