Charles V and Empress Isabella

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Title: Charles V and Empress Isabella

Date work started: 1548

Date work completed: 1548

Place created: Augsburg

Patron: Charles V

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Material: oil on canvas; copy by Rubens show here

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Genre: Portrait

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  • Sequence: Itinerary 1 of 10

    Owner Name: Charles V

    In possession from: 1548 to Unknown

    Location: Episcopal Palace

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  • Sequence: Itinerary 2 of 10

    Owner Name: Charles V

    In possession from: Unknown to 1556

    Location: Coudenberg Palace

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  • Sequence: Itinerary 3 of 10

    Owner Name: Charles V

    In possession from: 1556 to Unknown

    Location: Monastery of Yuste

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  • Sequence: Itinerary 4 of 10

    Owner Name: Philip II

    In possession from: Unknown to 1604

    Location: Royal Palace of Aranjuez

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  • Sequence: Itinerary 5 of 10

    Owner Name: Spanish Royal Collection

    In possession from: 1604 to 1626

    Location: El Pardo Palace

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  • Sequence: Itinerary 6 of 10

    Owner Name: Spanish Royal Collection

    In possession from: 1626 to 1636

    Location: Alcazar of Madrid

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  • Sequence: Itinerary 7 of 10

    Owner Name: lost

    In possession from: 1636 to 1636

    Location: lost

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  • Sequence: Itinerary 8 of 10

    Owner Name: Lord Howard

    In possession from: 1802 to 1825

    Location: Corby Castle, Cumbria

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    A Tour Through The Northern Counties of England And The Borders of Scotland by the Revd. Richard Warner In Two Vols - Vol. II (1802)

    p.75 "In the dining-room, we were shewn a fine picture by Titian, curious also for its subject. It presents two figures, half-length, Charles V. and his Empress, seated at a table, with an hour-glass before them; she with a countenance expressive of grief, holding in her hand a white handkerchief; he serious and saturnine, imparting to her his intention of renouncing the world, and spending his future days in monastic severities and seclusion. The artist seems to have exhausted all his pains on the head of Charles, which is in a style of fine composition and colouring, and far superior to the lady's."

    Also in 1804:
    The Gentleman's Magazine (London, England), Volume 96
    "In Corby Castle is a fine and curious picture, by Titian, of the Emperor Charles V and his consort, seated at a table, with an hour-glass before them; she with a countenance expressive of grief, holding in her hand a white handkerchief; he serious and saturnine, [as if] imparting to her his intention of renouncing the world, and spending his days in monastic severities and seclusion. The artist seems to have exhausted all his pains on the head of Charles, which is in a style of fine composition and colouring, and far superior to the lady's."

    Also mentioned in the list of paintings at Corby Castle in "Views of the Seats of Noblemen and Gentlemen, in England, Wales, Scotland ..."
    By John Preston Neale, Thomas Moule 1825

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  • Sequence: Itinerary 9 of 10

    Owner Name: Lord Howard

    In possession from: 1870 to

    Location: Corby Castle, Cumbria

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    The website quoted below mentions Titian's Charles V. Given the description in the previous source for 1802, it seems likely that this is the same painting.

    "In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described Great Corby like this:

    CORBY (Great), a township in Wetheral parish, Cumberland; on the river Eden and the Newcastle and Carlisle railway, adjacent to Wetheral r. station, 4½ miles ESE of Carlisle. It has a post office, of the name of Corby, under Carlisle. Acres, inclusive of Warwick-Bridge township, 2, 747. Real property, with Warwick-Bridge, £6, 935. Pop., 323. Houses, 79. The manor belonged once to the Salkelds; but has long been held by the Howards. Corby Castle, the seat of P. H. Howard, Esq., was originally a castellated edifice, but has acquired a modernized appearance by a new Grecian front; and it contains a portrait of Lord William Howard, Titian's Charles V., and the claymore of "Fergus M'Ivor, " Major Macdonald."

    http://www.visionofbritain.org.uk/place/place_page.jsp?p_id=21437

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  • Sequence: Itinerary 10 of 10

    Owner Name: Lord Howard

    In possession from: 1847 to 1847

    Location: Corby Castle, Cumbria

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    "In the library is a picture of Charles V and his empress, by Titian. This valuable picture was bequeathed, by a friend in Flanders, to the Rev. John Howard; general of the order of Benedictines , and great great uncle to the present P.H. Howard, Esq."

    Mannix & Whellan, History, Gazetteer and Directory of Cumberland, 1847
    http://www.stevebulman.f9.co.uk/cumbria/wetheral_f.html

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