Danae (Wellington)

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Title: Danae (Wellington)

Date work started: 1551

Date work completed: 1553

Place created: Venice

Patron: Philip II (possibly)

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Material: oil on canvas

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Genre: mythology

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  • Sequence: Itinerary 1 of 7

    Owner Name: Titian

    In possession from: 1551 to 1553

    Location: Casa Grande

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  • Sequence: Itinerary 2 of 7

    Owner Name: Spanish Royal Family

    In possession from: 1553 to 1666

    Location: Madrid

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    Known to be in Alcazar by 1666, but could have been there earlier

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  • Sequence: Itinerary 3 of 7

    Owner Name: Spanish Royal Family

    In possession from: 1666 to 1734

    Location: Alcazar

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    Fire in Alcazar in 1734

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  • Sequence: Itinerary 4 of 7

    Owner Name: Spanish Royal Family

    In possession from: 1734 to 1747

    Location: Buen Retiro

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  • Sequence: Itinerary 5 of 7

    Owner Name: Spanish Royal Family

    In possession from: 1747 to 1813

    Location: Palacio Real

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    The painting remained in the Royal Palace until taken by Joseph Bonaparte, who also took many artworks from the Escorial in 1810 and moved them to the Royal Palace of La Granja de San Ildefonso before removing them from Spain in 1813. See, for example, the itinerary for Mary Magdalene in Penitence.

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  • Sequence: Itinerary 6 of 7

    Owner Name: Joseph Bonaparte

    In possession from: 1813 to 1813

    Location: Vitoria

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    Joseph Bonaparte had seized hundreds of artworks, which were taken by the Duke of Wellington when he won the Battle of Vitoria.

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  • Sequence: Itinerary 7 of 7

    Owner Name: Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington

    In possession from: 1813 to Present

    Location: Apsley House

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    Duke of Wellington seized the painting from Bonaparte in 1813 and took the painting back to London, but it was not officially given to him by King Ferdinand VII of Spain until 1816. Wellington had offered to return the paintings to Spain. Apsley House was available for the collection in 1817. The painting remained in London between 1813-1817. Wellington had first sent the paintings to his brother, William, Lord Maryborough sometime after 1813.

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