National Gallery of Art - THE COLLECTION
image of Venus with a Mirror Titian (artist)
Venetian, 1488/1490 - 1576
Venus with a Mirror, c. 1555
oil on canvas
overall: 124.5 x 105.5 cm (49 x 41 9/16 in.) framed: 157.48 x 139.07 x 10.8 cm (62 x 54 3/4 x 4 1/4 in.)
Andrew W. Mellon Collection
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From the Tour: Titian and the Late Renaissance in Venice
Object 4 of 7


The artist [c. 1490-1576], Venice; by inheritance to his son, Pomponio Vecellio, Venice;[1] sold 1581 with the contents of Titian's house to Cristoforo Barbarigo, Venice; by inheritance to his son, Andrea Barbarigo; by inheritance in the Barbarigo family, Venice;[2] sold c. 1850 to Czar Nicholas I of Russia [d. 1855], Saint Petersburg; Imperial Hermitage Gallery, St. Petersburg;[3] purchased April 1931 through (Matthiesen Gallery, Berlin; P. & D. Colnaghi & Co., London; and M. Knoedler & Co., New York) by Andrew W. Mellon, Pittsburgh and Washington, D.C.; deeded 5 June 1931 to The A.W. Mellon Educational and Charitable Trust, Pittsburgh;[4] gift 1937 to NGA.

[1] G. Cardorin, Dello Amore ai veneziani di Tiziano Vecellio delle sue case in Cadore e in Venezia, Venice, 1833, p. 77, 98.

[2] C. G. Bevilacqua, Insigne pinacoteca della nobile veneta famiglia Barbarigo della Terrazza, Venice, 1845, p. 65.

[3] According to E. Bruiningk and A. Somoff, Catalogue de la Galerie des Tableaux, Volume I, Saint Petersburg, 1891, p.161-162.

[4] Mellon/Mellon Trust purchase date and/or date deeded to Mellon Trust is according to Mellon collection files in NGA curatorial records and David Finley's notebook (donated to the National Gallery of Art in 1977, now in the Gallery Archives).

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