The Triumph of Love brings an entirely new kind of Venetian painting into the Ashmolean collection, a secular allegorical theme by Venice's greatest painter, and a new type of domestic picture, a cover for a portrait.
The Triumph of Love by Titian, 1540s
© Ashmolean Museum, Oxford
- Oil on canvas
- Diameter: 88.3 cm
- Art Fund grant:
- £180,000 ( Total: £430,143; Tax remission)
- Acquired in:
The rondel depicts Cupid trampling a lion and represents love conquering bestiality. It would seem that the work originally functioned as a cover for a portrait by Titian. In spite of the importance of the Ashmolean's Italian Renaissance collection, there are surprisingly few secular paintings on mythological or allegorical themes. This work is a valuable addition to the collection and complements the other Titian portrait acquired with Art Fund help in 2000. This work was acquired with assistance from the Wolfson Foundation.
Gabriele Vendramin; by descent; Cristofano Orsetti; by descent; Bortolo (Bartolomeo) Bernard; by descent; John Udney; by descent; Christie's 1804; John Robert Udney; Christie's 1829; Major C. Currie; Christie's 1874; Duncan, i.e. William Gr