A procession of historical figures accompanying a car on which Time sits measuring the globe; representing the triumph of Time. Engraving by S. Pomarede, 1748, after G. Buti after Bonifacio de' Pitati.

  • Pitati, Bonifacio de', 1487-1553.
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The figures in the background have the names of ancient historical figures written above their heads. Ranging through Diogenes, Plato, "Darius rex", Semiramis, Cleopatra, Nestor and "Ulisses"



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1 print : line engraving ; border 34.5 x 49.7 cm


Ex archetypo celeberrimi Titiani, quod sui juris est exprimi mandavit dominus Ioannes Michilli generalis vectigalium conductor pro tabacco Romæ in suis ædibus anno 1748. Titianus pinxit. Io. Anto. Buti delin. Silvester Pomarede incidit


Wellcome Collection 26230i

References note

[Isaac Jamineau?], Description of four capital pictures by Titian after the cantos of Petrarch stiled the Triumphs of time, of fame, of religion, & of death, [London? 1774?]
P. Cottrell, 'Painting poetry: Bonifacio de' Pitati's "Triumphs of Petrarch"', Artibus et historiae, 2013, 68: 121-141
Georgios E. Markou, 'Bonifacio de' Pitati's "Triumphs of Petrarch" and their Cypriot patron', The Burlington magazine, 2017, 159: 600-609

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Generally attributed to Titian up to ca. 1831

Reproduction note

After a painting commissioned by the Synglitico family in Venice ca. 1545. By 1748 it was in the collection in Rome of Giovanni Michilli, collector of tobacco taxes for the Vatican, and later in the possession of Isaac Jamineau, British consul in Naples 1753-1779. It subsequently passed to the Klassik Stiftung, Weimar


One of four engravings by Pomarede after four of six paintings described in 1570 as "quadri sei grandi con li sei triomphi del Petracha cioe della morte, del tempo, d'amore, la fama, la castita, la divinita" (Markou, op. cit., p. 602)


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