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image Adam vol.56/40

Reference number

Adam vol.56/40

Purpose

Italy: Venice: Scuola Grande della Carità. Unfinished study of part of Titian's Presentation of the Virgin (1539) in the Scuola Grande della Carità, Venice.

Aspect

Study

Inscribed

Inscribed in pencil di Livio Meus (?) dall opera di Tizziano in Venezia and de recomato di griallo; colour notes and letter keys in Italian; in red ink 40

Signed and dated

  • Undated

Medium and dimensions

Pencil, brown wash443 x 590

Hand

Livio Meus (attributed to)

Verso

Inscribed in ink prezzi 5 a p-16 luno fanno p.80/ 10

Watermark

three crescents

Notes

Robert Adam was in Venice in 1757, and James Adam was there in 1760. This drawing, presumably by Livio Meus, is either a copy from Titian's painting or from a print of the painting, although the colour notes would suggest the former. (For an account of the painting, and copies and prints made from it, see Harold Wethey The Paintings of Titian, 3 vols (London, 1969-75), vol.I, pp.123-4.) There are no records of Robert Adam seeing the painting in Venice in 1757, or of his opinion of Titian, and there were no works by Titian in any of the Adam sales.

Level

Drawing

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