Danae with a Nursemaid (Kunsthistorisches Museum)

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Title: Danae with a Nursemaid (Kunsthistorisches Museum)

Date work started: 1560

Date work completed: 1565

Place created: Venice

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Material: oil on canvas

Dimensions: 135.0cm X 152.0cm

Genre: myth

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  • Sequence: Itinerary 1 of 7

    Owner Name: Titian

    In possession from: 1560 to 1565

    Location: Casa Grande, Venice

    Notes:

    Sylvia Ferino-Pagden, ed., "Late Titian and the Sensuality of Painting." Exh. cat. Venice: Marsilio, 2008, pp. 205-207, cat. no. 2.2.

    Wethey, Harold. The Paintings of Titian, III (1975), pp. 135-136, cat. no. 7.

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  • Sequence: Itinerary 2 of 7

    Owner Name: Cardinal Alessandro Peretti di Montalto

    In possession from: Unknown to 1600

    Location: Rome

    Notes:

    A letter dated July 27 1600 from Cardinal Montalto in Rome to Emperor Rudolf II in Prague contains Montalto's news that he is sending a Danae by Titian to the Emperor as a gift; by August 21 the Emperor wrote to Montalto that the painting was received.

    Volltelini (1898), p. xvi, nos. 16, 184, and 16, 185.

    Citations: Wethey, Harold E. , The Paintings of Titian, v. 3 : The Mythological and Historical Paintings, (London: Phaidon, 1975) p. 135.


  • Sequence: Itinerary 3 of 7

    Owner Name: Emperor Rudolf II

    In possession from: 1600 to 1612

    Location: Prague Castle

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  • Sequence: Itinerary 4 of 7

    Owner Name: Hapsburgs

    In possession from: 1612 to 1723

    Location: Prague Castle

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  • Sequence: Itinerary 5 of 7

    Owner Name: Hapsburgs

    In possession from: 1723 to Unknown

    Location: Stallburg Castle, Vienna

    Notes:

    Inferred from historical patterns of ownership noted from current website data. "Danae with a Nursemaid" appears in the Prague Castle inventories of 1638 and 1718; sources agree that it moved to Vienna in 1723. It is possible that it followed the trajectory of "Christ and the Adultress," "Madonna and Child with Saints Stephen, Jerome, and Maurice," "Bust of Christ," "Portrait of Francesco Filetto and Son" and other paintings in the Hapsburg collection between 1600-1800 from Stallburg Castle, Belvedere Palace, to the Kunsthistorisches Museum.

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  • Sequence: Itinerary 6 of 7

    Owner Name: Hapsburgs

    In possession from: Unknown to Unknown

    Location: Belvedere Palace

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  • Sequence: Itinerary 7 of 7

    Owner Name: Kunsthistorisches Museum

    In possession from: Unknown to Present

    Location: Vienna

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