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Vitellius, from the Roman Emperors, after Titian
34.7 cm x 24.1 cm (13 11/16 in. x 9 1/2 in.)
Aegidius Sadeler II (aka Gilles Sadeler)
(Antwerp, circa 1570 - 1629, Prague)
Medium and Support:
Blanton Museum of Art, The University of Texas at Austin, The Leo Steinberg Collection, 2002
In 1537 Federigo Gonzaga, Duke of Mantua, commissioned a series of the twelve Caesars. Titian completed eleven, Giulio Romano the twelfth. These were sold along with a significant portion of the ducal collection to Charles I of England in 1628. Transferred to the Spanish crown in 1652, they were destroyed in a fire in 1734. Along with various painted copies, Sadeler’s reproductions constitute the principal visual record.