- Oil paint on board
- Support: 638 x 570 mm
frame: 895 x 815 x 85 mm
- Presented by the executors of the estate of David Wilkie 1993
Wilkie's fascination for Titian led him to commission Auerbach to execute a number of works inspired by the Renaissance master. Six of Wilkie's Auerbachs came about as the result of such commissions. The first commission, in 1965, was for Auerbach to paint a version of Titian's 'Tarquin and Lucretia', a painting which had deeply moved Wilkie when he saw it in an exhibition at the Tate Gallery in 1959. Of that memorable experience Wilkie later said 'for a fraction of a second it seemed that the room was on fire'. Auerbach painted two works related to the Titian: this painting and the companion piece 'Study after Titian II' shown nearby.
Gallery label, September 2004