[Taxacom] Identification of a tree in Titian's Andrians

Tony Irwin tony.irwin at btinternet.com
Fri Mar 8 07:40:23 CST 2013

The growth form of the tree and the round leaflets suggest Fraxinus ornus.
(The fowl is Numida meleagris - Helmeted Guinea Fowl - widely domesticated
in Europe for millennia)
Tony Irwin

Dr A.G.Irwin, Natural History Department, Castle Museum Study Centre,
Shirehall, Market Avenue, Norwich NR1 3JQ, England.
Tel:+44 1603 493642. E-mail: tony.irwin at btinternet.com

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From: taxacom-bounces at mailman.nhm.ku.edu
[mailto:taxacom-bounces at mailman.nhm.ku.edu]On Behalf Of Jim L. Reveal
Sent: 08 March 2013 12:43
Subject: [Taxacom] Identification of a tree in Titian's Andrians

The identity of a tree depicted in Tiziano Vecelli's -- better known at
Titian -- painting entitled "The Bacchanal of the Andrians", done around
1523-1526 which may be seen at the Museo del Prado in Madrid, Spain, has
come into question. A member of the Venetian school, this work was done in
Venice and likely is a tree found in that portion of Italy.
Opinion on the identity of the tree to the right of center with a large fowl
in the upper branches is requested.
See: http://jamesesz.files.wordpress.com/2012/07/bacanal_de_los_andrios.jpg

A detail of the tree may be seen for two days at:


Jim Reveal

James L. Reveal, Professor
L.H. Bailey Hortorium, 412 Mann Building
Department of Plant Biology
Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, 14853-4301

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