Sacred and Profane Love


Sacred and Profane Love by Titian an Italian painter, this piece of art painted in about 1514 is an oil painting presumed to have been commissioned by Niccolò Aurelio, a secretary to the Venetian Council of Ten, to celebrate his marriage to a young widow, Laura Bagarotto. It perhaps depicts the bride dressed in white, sitting beside Cupid and being assisted by Venus in person.

The work was bought in 1608 by the art patron Scipione Borghese and is currently housed with other works from the Borghese collection in the Galleria Borghese in Rome. In 1899, the Rothschilds’ offer to buy the work from the gallery for 4 million lira (more than the value of the whole Galleria Borghese building and collections, then valued at 3,600,000 Lira) was refused.


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