AFTER TIZIANO VECELLIO, CALLED TITIAN | PORTRAIT OF POPE PAUL III (1468-1549), THREE-QUARTER-LENGTH, SEATED
The Property of the Downside Abbey General Trust
AFTER TIZIANO VECELLIO, CALLED TITIAN
PORTRAIT OF POPE PAUL III (1468-1549), THREE-QUARTER-LENGTH, SEATED
inscribed on the reverse: Presented/ to/ Downside School/ Jany 1926/ by/ Alfred Jones/ of Bath/ Pope Julius II (later annotated in pencil: Paul III 1543)/ (after)/ Raphiel/ by/ J.M. Ward, R.A.
oil on canvas
unframed: 108.2 x 84 cm.; 42½ x 33 in.
framed: 132.5 x 107 cm.; 52⅛ x 42⅛ in.
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The canvas is lined and the paint surface is dirty, with an extremely yellowed varnish. The network of craquelure is quite pronounced, most notably in his flesh tones (where there are also small associated losses) and there are scattered scuff marks throughout the composition. Inspection under ultraviolet light reveals the very thick, streaky and opaque varnish, making it difficult to discern any intervention. The painting would benefit from cleaning, and appears in overall fairly good condition.
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With Alfred Jones, Bath, by whom presented to Downside Abbey in January 1926.
A 19th-century copy after Titian's portrait of Paul III without Cap, at the Museo Nazionale di Capodimonte, Naples (inv. no. 130).1 Titian's original portrait proved to be extremely popular: although he does not mention this particular canvas, Harold Wethey documents approximately 17 other copies in his catalogue raisonné.
1 H. Wethey, The paintings of Titian, London 1971, vol. II, pp. 122-24, cat. no. 72, reproduced plates 115-17.