About this artwork
Anthony van Dyck’s print of a lost self-portrait by the Venetian master Titian shows the artist with a luxuriously dressed woman who is significantly younger than he is. Included within the work is a popular Venetian verse that comments on the woman’s beauty and declares that she is expecting a child, while calling Titian “great” and praising his artistic skill. The woman’s arm rests on a box containing a skull, and her eyes look away from the aged Titian, indicating the artist’s mortality and man’s inevitable decline into old age. The master reaches out to touch the abdomen of the young, sumptuous woman, contrasting himself with the new life of her unborn child.
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- Prints and Drawings
- Anthony van Dyck
- Titian and His Mistress
- Etching and engraving in black on ivory laid paper
- Inscribed recto, in plate, below image: "Ecco il belveder! O che felice forte! Ma ch'ella porte, o me! vita et morte piano" / "Che la fruttifera frutto in ventre porte. Demons tra l'arte del magno Titiano." Inscribed recto, in plate, below image: "Al molto illustre, magnifico et offeruandis.mo Sig.r il SIG.r LUCA VAN UFFEL, in segno d'affectione et inclinatione" / "amoreuole, como Patrone et singularis.mo amico suo dedicato il vero ritratto del unico Titiano Ant. van Dyck." Inscribed verso, center, in brown ink: "n 243" Inscribed verso, lower right, in pencil: "c 13306" Inscribed verso, lower right, in pencil: "Dut 156.03 III" Inscribed verso, lower center, in pencil: "8" Inscribed verso, lower left, in pencil: "28.190" / "R3658" Inscribed verso, lower left, in pencil: "R314 y"
- 304 × 303 mm (image/plate); 345 × 275 mm (sheet)
- Clarence Buckingham Collection