Bridgewater Titians

Philip II, King of Spain (1527-1598)Philip II, King of Spain (1527-1598) Perseus & AndromedaPerseus & Andromeda Queen Elizabeth I as Diana and Pope Gregory XIII as CallistoQueen Elizabeth I as Diana and Pope Gregory XIII as Callisto Charles I, 1600 - 1649. Reigned 1625 - 1649Charles I, 1600 - 1649. Reigned 1625 - 1649 Diana and Callisto, by Peter Paul Rubens, after TitianDiana and Callisto, by Peter Paul Rubens, after Titian Philippe, Duke of Orléans, 1674 - 1723. Regent of FrancePhilippe, Duke of Orléans, 1674 - 1723. Regent of France Bridgewater House Gallery, 1900Bridgewater House Gallery, 1900 Titians at the National Gallery of ScotlandTitians at the National Gallery of Scotland Girl Holding Her FootGirl Holding Her Foot SabineSabine

Robert Peake

Charles I, 1600 - 1649. Reigned 1625 - 1649
1610

A Broken Engagement

It is known that Titian’s two great paintings first reached King Philip in Toledo in the autumn of 1560, and from there they were dispatched to Madrid. They are first recorded in an inventory of 1623 as hanging in the Alcazar, but later that year they were packed as a proposed wedding gift to King Charles I of England. Charles was a Catholic sympathiser who was engaged to the Spanish Infanta Maria Anna. Paintings commonly exchanged hands as diplomatic gifts, but the engagement was called-off and Charles married Henrietta Maria of France in 1625. Diana and her nymphs remained in Madrid.

  • Credits Bequeathed by the 13th Baron Elibank 1973
  • Medium Oil on canvas
  • Size 127.00 x 85.70 cm (framed: 142.20 x 110.00 x 9.50 cm)