National Geographic : 1952 Jan
O National Geographic Society 77 National Gallery of Art (Kress (Collection) TITIAN (1477?-1576), Italian * Portrait of a Young Lady as Venus Binding the Eyes of Cupid With this painting the NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC MAGAZINE introduces 24 works of art from the Kress Collection in the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D. C. "Portrait of a Young Lady as Venus" is one of the 119 paintings and 18 sculptures recently acquired from the Samuel H. Kress Foundation and shown at the Gallery's tenth anniversary exhibition. VWhile approaching a century of age, Titian died of the plague. Venetians so idolized him that, disregarding a law that no plague victim could he buried in a church, they laid him to rest in the Church of the Frari near two of his altarpieces. In this painting, a recent cleaning brought to light the gift-bearing arm (right). Originally sketched in, it had been painted over.