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Tarquin and Lucretia

Tiziano Vecellio (Titian) (painter)

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Tarquin and Lucretia


Tiziano Vecellio (Titian) (painter)







Venetian School

Technique Description

oil on canvas


height: (canvas): 188.9 cm
width: (canvas): 145.1 cm


circa 1571


given: Fairfax Murray, Charles 1918 (Filtered for: Paintings, Drawings and Prints)

Probably Philip II of Spain, 1571, and Spanish Royal collection until 1813, when Joseph Bonaparte apparently took it to France, on relinquishing the throne of Spain; anonymous sale, ('Property of a distinguished Foreign Nobleman', sent for sale by Joseph Bates), Christie's, 24 May 1845 (71) bt. in; C.J. Nieuwenhuys; William Coningham, sale, Christie's, 9 June 1879 (66), bt. in; John, 2nd Lord Northwick; his sale by Phillips, Thirlestane House, Cheltenham, 29 July ff. 1859 (1001), bt. Nieuwenhuys; Charles Scarisbrick; anon. sale (C.J. Nieuwenhuys), Christie's, 28 June 1879 (66), bt. in; C.J Nieuwenhuys (decd.) sale, Christie's, 17 July 1886 (53), bt. Murray; Charles Butler (decd.) sale, Christie's, 25 May 1911 (95), bt. Agnew.


  1. signature
    Position: on the slipper, right
    Content: TITIANVS.F. (see catalogue for accurate transcription)


  1. (2005) Treasures of the Fitzwilliam Museum, London: Scala [page: 31]
  2. (1929) The Principal Pictures in the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge (1929), London? [page: 208]
  3. Suida, W. (1933) Tiziano,
    [comments: pl. CCXL]
  4. Tietze, Hans (1936) Tizian, Leben und Werk, Vienna
    [comments: pl. 283]
  5. Tietze, Hans (1950) Titian: the paintings and Drawings, London?
    [comments: pl. 275]
  6. Goodison, J.W. (1967) [Unknown; Illustrated London News; 1960], London [page: 91]
    Source title: Illustrated London News (1960)
  7. Winter, C. (1950) Treasures in Cambridge, London? [page: 30]
  8. Winter, Carl (1958) The Fitzwilliam Museum, An Illustrated Survey, London: Trianon Press
    [comments: pl. 53]
  9. Goodison, J.W. (1952) Fitzwilliam Museum...Handbook and Guide,
    [comments: and later editions, pl. III]
  10. Valcanover, F. (1960) Tutta la Pittura di Tiziano,
    [comments: pl. 136]
  11. Tietze, Hans (1950) Titian: the paintings and Drawings, London?
    [comments: pl. 51]
  12. Barnaud, Germaine Etude sur deux tableaux du Titien intitulés: Tarquin and Lucretia, [page: 18]
    Source title: Bulletin Du Laboratoire Du Musee Du Louvre (1964)
    [comments: fig. 1, 'a droite']
  13. Agnew, Geoffrey Titian's 'Tarquin and Lucretia' in Painting of the Month, London? [page: 766]
    Source title: The Listener (1964)
  14. Goodison, J.W. (1967) [Unknown; Illustrated London News; 1960], London [page: 94]
    Source title: Illustrated London News (1960)
    [comments: in colour]
  15. Goodison, J.W. (1967) Catalogue of Paintings in the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge, Italian School, Cambridge (Cambs.): Cambridge University Press [page: 172-175]
  16. Volk, Mary Crawford 'Rubens in Madrid and the decoration of the King's summer apartments',
    Source title: Burlington Magazine (1981)
    [comments: fig. 10]
  17. Jaffé, Michael 'Titian's 'Tarquin and Lucretia' in the Fitzwilliam', [page: 162-172]
    Source title: Burlington Magazine (1987)
  18. (1990) Supplement to the Catalogue 'Titian Prince of Painters', Washington: National Gallery of Art
    [comments: repr. in colour]
  19. Fehl, Philipp P. (1992) 'Mourning for Lucretia', Vienna [page: 198-200]
    Source title: Decorum and Wit: The Poetry of Venetian Painting (

Accession Number

914 (Paintings, Drawings and Prints)
(Reference Number: 656; Input Date: 1999-12-16 / Last Edit: 2010-01-18)

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