TIZIANO Vecellio
(b. 1490, Pieve di Cadore, d. 1576, Venezia)

Diana and Callisto

Oil on canvas, 183 x 200 cm
Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna

Titian used his assistants not just to help him meet his burdensome official obligations, but even more importantly to produce replicas and variants of his most popular compositions. Titian in his later career regularly made - or had made by his shop - replicas or variants of his works as a matter of course, and only later sought to identify a suitable buyer for them. The Diana and Callisto, now in Vienna, belonged to a series of workshop variants of the mythologies earlier painted for King Philip II of Spain.