Jupiter and Antiope, also called the Pardo Venus

Titian’s “great, large and famous piece” was given by Philip IV of Spain to Charles I, during his 1623 visit to Madrid as Prince of Wales. Named the Pardo Venus after the Spanish palace where it once hung, it is now thought to represent Jupiter’s rape of Antiope in the guise of a satyr.

Titian’s sprawling work inevitably dominates the room, forming the pagan counterpart to Giulio Romano’s Nativity.

Van der Doort c.1639


Pardo Venus, great large and famous piece called in Spain 'Venus out of Pardo', 7 life-size, full-length figures and 4 more in the landscape with 6 dogs

Walpole Society reference (1960): 
WS 19, № 16
Measurements (Van der Doort): 
6ft 6in x 12ft 11in (198.1 x 393.7cm)
large carved and gilded frame
given to the King when he was in Spain by the King of Spain
Gift / Exchange / Bought / Inherited: 
Original Manuscript page number: 
MS. Ash. 1514, f. 25
Identification certainty: 
Sale Inventory c.1649-51