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Rebuilding The Renaissance

Jun 28, 2023

Commissioned by Duke Cosimo I de’ Medici for the marriage of his son Francesco to Johanna of Austria, the massive fountain occupies the northwestern corner of the Palazzo Vecchio. Portraying the duke as the god of the sea, the fountain imagery was intended to glorify the Medici dynasty, but was not well received by...

Jun 21, 2023

This painting is the last of six paintings that make up Titian’s extraordinary “Poesie” series for King Philip II of Spain. Of all six, it is in the worst state of conservation and went through major compositional changes while it was being painted. Nevertheless, the “Perseus and Andromeda” is an important...

Jun 14, 2023

One of the greatest masterpieces of Italian Renaissance painting, Titian’s painting depicts the abduction of the nymph Europa by Jupiter, who has disguised himself as a bull. Titian employs all of his painterly skill to create a dazzling array of textures, colors, and images that coalesce into a hypnotically beautiful...

Jun 7, 2023

Part of Titian’s magnificent “Poesie” series which he painted for King Philp II of Spain in the 1550s, the “Diana and Callisto" represents the exposure of the pregnancy of the nymph Callisto who had been loved by Jupiter.