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Venus and Cupid with a lute-player


Vecellio, Tiziano; painter; Italian artist, 1489/90-1576






1555 1565


Italian; Venetian School


painting (image-making)


oil paint; medium
canvas; support


oil on canvas


height, 150.5, cm
width, 196.8, cm


bequeathed; 1816; Fitzwilliam, Richard, 7th Viscount


probably coll. Emperor Rudolf II (d.1612); Imperial collection, Prague, by 1621; taken to Sweden after the fall of Prague, 1648; Queen Christina of Sweden, Rome (d. 1689); Orleans family; exh. for sale, London, Lyceum, 1798/9 (199), bt. Viscount Fitzwilliam


A further copy in enamel was executed by Horace Hone for Lord Fitzwilliam in 1815 and is still in the Museum (no. 459). When the Fitzwilliam pictures were exhibited at the Perse School, both the Titian and miniature copy were seen by Coleridge (Table Talk), who commented harshly on the miniature. Engraved: by J. Brouilliard in J. Couché, 'Galerie du Palais Royal', (1808), II; by J. Duchesne ainé, 'Musée de Peinture et de Sculpture', (1828), I, no. 710.


Earp, F. R.. 1902. A Descriptive Catalogue of the Pictures in the Fitzwilliam Museum.Cambridge (Cambs.): p. 196

Goodison, J. W.. Robertson, G. H.. 1967. Catalogue of Paintings in the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge, Italian School.Cambridge (Cambs.): Cambridge University Pressp. 167-172
pl. 40

, The Fitzwilliam Museum1929. The Principal Pictures in the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge (1929).London?: p. 207

, The Fitzwilliam Museum1912. The Principal Pictures in the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge.London?: p. 176

Winter, Carl. 1958. The Fitzwilliam Museum, An Illustrated Survey.London: Trianon Press
pl. 52

, The Fitzwilliam Museum1950. Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge. Annual Report for the Year ending 31 December 1949.Cambridge (Cambs.):
pl. III

Valcanover, F.. 1960. Tutta la Pittura di Tiziano.
pl. 73

, The Fitzwilliam Museum1982. Treasures of the Fitzwilliam Museum.Cambridge (Cambs.): Pevensey Pressp. 30

Woodfield, Ian. 1984. The Early History of the Viol.Cambridge (Cambs.): Cambridge University Pressp. 131
pl. 80

Goodison, J. W.. 1967. [Unknown; Illustrated London News; 1960].London:
Source Title: Illustrated London News II (1960)
p. 55

Studdert-Kennedy, W. G.. 'Titian: The Fitzwilliam Venus'.
Source Title: Burlington Magazine C (1958)
p. 348
fig. 19

Goodison, J. W.. 'Titian's 'Venus and Cupid with a lute-player' in the Fitzwilliam Museum'.
Source Title: Burlington Magazine CVII (1965)
p. 494

Studdart-Kennedy, Gerald. Titian: metaphors of love and renewal.
Source Title: Word & Image 3 1 (1987)
p. 27-40
p. 39, fig. 9

Hunt, Edgar. Titian and the Recorder.
Source Title: The Recorder Magazine(1990)
p. 94

Phillips, Tom. Music in art.
Source Title: BBC Music Magazine(1995)
p. 21

Rowland-Jones, Anthony. Mansfield Thompson, John. 1995. The Recorder's medieval and renaissance repertoire.Cambridge (Cambs.): Cambridge University Press
Source Title: The Cambridge Companion to the Recorder()
p. 49
pl. 17

Rowland-Jones, Anthony. The Minuet: painter-musicians in triple time.
Source Title: Early Music(1998)
p. 419
detail of the open bassus partbook, showing the use of the F5 clef


Object Number: 129
(Paintings, Drawings and Prints)
(record id: 654; input: 1999-12-16; modified: 2011-12-20)


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