[Titian and his Mistress]Ecco il belvedeer! o che felice sorte! / Che la fruttifera frutto in ventre porte [...]
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Etching, sheet 305 x 230mm (12 x 9"). Trimmed inside platemark; late impression.
Late impression of an enigmatic design by Anthony van Dyck and Lucas Vorsterman after a supposed lost self-portrait by Titian showing him with a pregnant mistress. The contrast between the new life growing inside the woman and the artist's old age is reinforced by the skull in a compartment lower right. For further information see C.Depauw and G.Luijten, 'Anthony van Dyck as a printmaker', ex. cat. no. 32 and 'The New Hollstein' (Van Dyck), vol. VIII, p. 169.
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