Titian Exhibition Opens in Madrid

Delfín Rodríguez from the ABC newspaper in Spain commented: “The Museo del Prado opens this week the greatest exhibit that there has been to date on Titian. Where can we find the meaning of the painting of Titian Vecellio (c. 1488-1576)? In the objects he portrays, in the figures, or in his way of portraying them? Because, and this is the most important thing, the topics, the portraits, the stories, the poetry and others are in his hands.”

Laura Suffield from El Cultural magazine wrote: “Titian in El Prado – The genius in the market. In the 1970’s many thought that the auction market had ended for Titian, with all his important works in private collections and museums. Nevertheless it has been demonstrated that in the last decades some of his important works have been sold. The first case happened in 1971 when the National Gallery of Art acquired the “Death of Acteon” for 4 million euros at Christie’s. In 1989 Sotheby’s New York sold the Chrysler collection that included Magdalene by Titian.”

Guillermo Solana from El cultural magazine said.: “Titian in el Prado – The painter in the museum where he belongs. To find almost all works by Titian in the Museo del Prado is like seeing the painter return to his own home. Not only because the Prado holds the greatest amount of paintings by Titian, almost 40, and among them the best of his works. The passion of the Austrias for art germinates in the decades when Charles 5th met Titian in Bologna in 1530. Later, Philip II commissioned more works to Titian.”

Fernando Checa wrote: “A national treasure. Of the more than 500 works by Titian that are known, Spain holds one of the greatest collections with 54 oil paintings. 39 paintings are at Museo del Prado. 11 paintings are at National Heritage of Spain and four are at Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza. Most of the works belong to the last period of Titian, when he was mature.”

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