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Titian (ca. 14901576)
Landscape with St. Theodore Overcoming the Dragon, ca. 1550s
Pen and brown ink, over traces of black chalk
296 x 297 mm.
Inscribed on old mount at center, beneath the drawing, in pen and brown ink, Titiano da Cadore.
Gift of János Scholz, 1977; 1977.46
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Arguably the greatest of all Venetian painters, Titian was held in high esteem during his lifetime. His paintings and drawings were as novel in subject matter and composition as they were bold in technique. St. Theodore Overcoming the Dragon is one of the rare landscape drawings attributed to the artist.
Theodore, one of the patron saints of Venice, did not slay the dragon but instead made it roll over in submission. The figure seated under the tree in the background may be the mother who, according to legend, brought her ailing child to be bathed in a miraculous well guarded by the dragon.
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