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Venere e amore

XVI century, 1120×940 cm

Description of the artwork «Venere e amore»

Origin - provenance
The current owner claims to have known that the painting belonged to a Jew named Lederer, a jeweler from Vienna around 1929. It seems that the picture was laid by the credit bank of Mr. Lederer and bought by Mose Piyade (1890-) at the end of 1929. 1958), artist, art historian and Serbian journalist, Jew, anti-fascist, militant communist, translator of Marx’s “Capital” into the Serbo-Croatian language. Later, when Piyade married or cohabited with Lepa Markovich, the widow and mother of Elena Markovich's daughter, in 1939 the painting was inherited by Elena, who sold it to Mr. Aleksandar Manoilovich from Belgrade in 1975 when he was already living in Hanau, Germany. The painting was paid for in three installments, the last of which was carried out in 1981. Elena Markovic signed a document with lawyer Dragoslav Tsetkovich in Belgrade on December 5, 2002, in which she announced that she had inherited the painting from her family and that the same painting had previously been in Vienna in the family of the jeweler Lederer and that his father bought it in 1929 as the "Italian school of the sixteenth century" in the bank, where she already had the "Rederers".
The painting was the subject of evaluation by the following scientists, who, nevertheless, never examined it live, but with the help of photographs:
1) in 1995 Wolfang Prohaska indirectly refers to the opinion of Sylvia Ferino Pagden, the then director of the Vienna Museum of History and Art, who is considering a “copy” of Padovanino's painting;
2) in 1997, the late American professor, who was then living in Venice, Roger Ternik in writing declares that this is a “copy”, “500 from Titian”.
3) in 2004, Jürgen Lehmann of Gamäldegalerie Kassel states that this is a “copy” of the early 600s of Padovanino.
It is clear that the very definition of “copy” is incorrect, because in order to say “copy”, for this it is necessary to have an original and documented model. In this case, we do not know a single original of Titian, identical or similar to our picture. Therefore, before new discoveries, this painting "Venus and Cupid" is considered unique and original in its image and composition. We can definitely assume that this image belongs to the genre of paintings written by Titian on the theme of “Venus with Cupid”. In fact, Titian often created paintings of this kind with naked women in the image of Venus, accompanied or not by other mythological figures or modern portraits. The fact remains that at present, this composition should be considered "original", it is similar to other similar figures, repeatedly proposed by Titian during his long career.
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Subject and objects: Mythological scene

Style of art: Renaissance

Date of creation: XVI century

Size: 1120×940 cm


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