Three Ages of Man

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Title: Three Ages of Man

Date work started: 1512

Date work completed: 1514

Place created: Venice

Patron: unknown

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Material: oil on canvas

Dimensions: 90.0cm X 150.7cm

Genre: myth

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  • Sequence: Itinerary 1 of 19

    Owner Name: Titian

    In possession from: 1512 to 1514

    Location: Casa Grande

    Notes:

    The dating on this painting is uncertain. Paul Joannides (Titian to 1518, p. 193) dates it to 1516, when Titian returned from Ferrara. Joannides also identifies the picture as "Daphnis and Chloe." The National Gallery of Scotland currently identifies the picture as the "Three Ages of Man." Most other scholars affirm the date to 1513.

    Citations: Joannides, Paul, Titian to 1518: The Assumption of Genius, (New Haven and London: Yale University Press, 2001) p. 193. Humfrey, Peter, 'The Patron and Early Provenance of Titian's 'Three Ages of Man'' Burlington Magazine vol. cxlv : (2003), p. 787.


  • Sequence: Itinerary 2 of 19

    Owner Name: Titian

    In possession from: 1514 to 1550

    Location: Casa Grande

    Notes:

    The painting could possibly have been the picture mentioned by Vasari as the one in the Faenza house of Giovanni dal Castel Bolognese, who had moved there in 1539. Vasari visited in 1547 or 1548. The description associated with this picture is vague, though: "in una tela a olio, un pastor ignudo e una forese che gli porge certi faluti."

    Citations: Joannides, Paul, Titian to 1518: The Assumption of Genius, (New Haven and London: Yale University Press, 2001) p. 193. Humfrey, Peter, 'The Patron and Early Provenance of Titian's 'Three Ages of Man'' Burlington Magazine vol. cxlv : (2003), p. 787.


  • Sequence: Itinerary 3 of 19

    Owner Name: Cardinal Otto Truchsess von Waldburg

    In possession from: 1550 to Unknown

    Location: Augsburg

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    Citations: Wethey, Harold E. , The Paintings of Titian, v. 3 : The Mythological and Historical Paintings, (London: Phaidon, 1975) p. 182.


  • Sequence: Itinerary 4 of 19

    Owner Name: Cardinal Otto Truchsess von Waldburg (and heirs?)

    In possession from: Unknown to 1655

    Location: Rome

    Notes:

    J. van Sandrart states that the picture was owned by Matthaus Hopfer in Augsburg. After Hopfer's death in 1623, the painting might have passed on to the Ebert family before being put on sale. Wethey assumes that because the agent who sold the picture to Queen Christina was named "Herr van Walberg" that this person is related to the "Waldburg" family.

    Citations: Wethey, Harold E. , The Paintings of Titian, v. 3 : The Mythological and Historical Paintings, (London: Phaidon, 1975) p. 182. von Sandrart, J., Teutsche Academie..., (Munich: , 1925) p. 272.


  • Sequence: Itinerary 5 of 19

    Owner Name: Queen Christina of Sweden

    In possession from: 1655 to 1656

    Location: Palazzo Farnese

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  • Sequence: Itinerary 6 of 19

    Owner Name: Queen Christina of Sweden

    In possession from: 1656 to 1658

    Location: Rome

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  • Sequence: Itinerary 7 of 19

    Owner Name: Queen Christina of Sweden

    In possession from: 1658 to 1689

    Location: Palazzo Riario

    Notes:

    The picture is known to be in Queen Christina's possession around 1662, but there is evidence to suggest that she acquired the picture when she passed through Augsburg in 1655.

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  • Sequence: Itinerary 8 of 19

    Owner Name: Cardinal Decio Azzolino

    In possession from: 1689 to 1689

    Location: Palazzo Riario

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  • Sequence: Itinerary 9 of 19

    Owner Name: Marchese Pompeo Azzolino

    In possession from: 1689 to 1692

    Location: Palazzo Riario

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  • Sequence: Itinerary 10 of 19

    Owner Name: Don Livio Oldescalchi

    In possession from: 1692 to 1713

    Location: Palazzo Oldescalchi

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  • Sequence: Itinerary 11 of 19

    Owner Name: Oldescalchi heirs

    In possession from: 1713 to 1721

    Location: Palazzo Oldescalchi

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  • Sequence: Itinerary 12 of 19

    Owner Name: Duc d'Orléans

    In possession from: 1721 to 1792

    Location: Palais Royal

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  • Sequence: Itinerary 13 of 19

    Owner Name: Lord Francis Egerton, 3rd Duke of Bridgewater

    In possession from: 1798 to 1803

    Location: Cleveland House

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  • Sequence: Itinerary 14 of 19

    Owner Name: George Leveson-Gower, 1st Duke of Sutherland

    In possession from: 1803 to 1833

    Location: Cleveland House

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  • Sequence: Itinerary 15 of 19

    Owner Name: Francis Egerton, 1st Earl of Ellesmere

    In possession from: 1833 to 1857

    Location: Bridgewater House

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  • Sequence: Itinerary 16 of 19

    Owner Name: Dukes of Sutherland

    In possession from: 1857 to 1940

    Location: Bridgewater House

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  • Sequence: Itinerary 17 of 19

    Owner Name: Dukes of Sutherland

    In possession from: 1940 to 1946

    Location: Mertoun House

    Notes:

    Penny (2008), pp. 461-70

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  • Sequence: Itinerary 18 of 19

    Owner Name: 6th Duke of Sutherland

    In possession from: 1946 to 2000

    Location: National Galleries of Scotland

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  • Sequence: Itinerary 19 of 19

    Owner Name: 7th Duke of Sutherland

    In possession from: 2000 to Present

    Location: National Galleries of Scotland

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    Citations: Wethey, Harold E. , The Paintings of Titian, v. 3 : The Mythological and Historical Paintings, (London: Phaidon, 1975) p. 182.


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