Raphael, “Galatea”, 1506
Titian, “Bacchus and Ariadne”, 1520-23
I was scrolling through Pinterest and saw the Raphael’s “Galatae”. It immediately reminded me of Titian’s “Bacchus and Ariadne”. I had no idea how closely they were related in ways other than visually. Here is what Wikipedia says:
Bacchus and Ariadne (1520–23) is an oil painting by Titian. It is one of a cycle of paintings on mythological subjects produced for Alfonso d’Este, the Duke of Ferrara, for the Camerino d’Alabastro – a private room in his palazzo in Ferrara decorated with paintings based on classical texts. An advance payment was given to Raphael, who originally held the commission for the subject of a Triumph of Bacchus. At the time of Raphael‘s death in 1520, only a preliminary drawing was completed and the commission was then handed to Titian. In the case of Bacchus and Ariadne, the subject matter was derived from the Roman poets Catullus and Ovid. The painting, considered one of Titian’s greatest works, now hangs in the National Gallery in London.
“How is it that these paintings, which are as effortless as Matisse, affect you more than any tragedy? Everything they contain is there for the viewer’s pleasure. It hardly matters what is going on. The water, the dogs, the people, though they are involved with each other, are there to please us. To me, these are simply the most beautiful pictures in the world. Once you’ve seen them you want to see them again and again.” Lucian Freud
Titian, “Diana and Callisto”
Lucian Michael Freud, (8 December 1922 – 20 July 2011) was a British painter. Known chiefly for his thickly impasted portrait and figure paintings, he was widely considered the pre-eminent British artist of his time.His works are noted for their psychological penetration, and for their often discomfiting examination of the relationship between artist and model.
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