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Photograph of Titian's "Portrait of Charles V at the Battle of Mühlberg" anonymous Spanish

  • Curator’s description:


    The painting depicts the Holy Roman Emperor Charles V astride a rearing horse, waering armour and holding a long spear.

    Cook & Wedderburn (XXI.27 n. 4) note that this is a 'Photograph of the portrait of "Charles V. at Mühlberg" in the Madrid Gallery.' - i.e. Titian's equestrian portrait of the Holy Roman Emperor at the Battle of Mühlberg, now in the Prado. The picture was painted whilst Titian was in Augsburg in 1548.

    The photograph was first listed in the Teaching Collection in 1870, when it was included in the "Catalogue of Examples" as no. 47 in the Reference Series, a position it retained in the 1872 catalogue of the series. The photograph formed part of a sequence of pictures by painters - all portrait-painters - who applied paint broadly, using the edges of the painted areas to denote outlines, rather than drawing them in with the point of the brush (Catalogue of Examples, p. 19).

  • Details

    anonymous Spanish (photographer)
    after Titian (c. 1485/90 - 1576)
    Object type
    Material and technique
    albumen print
    367 x 304 mm
    On the photograph, top left corner, a blind stamp, the text arranged in an oval within a border of dots and separated at the bottom by a star, within the text a monogram, apparently including an 'M' on its side: CUADROS DEL R.L MUSEO

    On the mount, front, bottom left corner, in graphite: 4

    On the mount, back:
    top left: St 47
    just below centre, the Ruskin School's stamp

    Presented by John Ruskin to the Ruskin Drawing School (University of Oxford), 1875; transferred from the Ruskin Drawing School to the Ashmolean Museum, c.1949.

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  • References in which this object is cited include:


    Ruskin, John, Catalogue of Examples Arranged for Elementary Study in the University Galleries (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1870), cat. Standard no. 47

    Ruskin, John, Catalogue of the Reference Series Including Temporarily the First Section of the Standard Series (London: Smith, Elder, [1872]), cat. Standard no. 47

    Ruskin, John, ‘The Ruskin Art Collection at Oxford: Catalogues, Notes and Instructions’, Edward T. Cook and Alexander Wedderburn, eds, The Works of John Ruskin: Library Edition, 39 (London: George Allen, 1903-1912), 21, cat. Standard no. 47


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