My sketch of "An Allegory of Prudence" by Titian and workshop (1550-65). This triple head of animals- wolf, lion, dog -represented PRUDENCE in late 16th century imagery. The three headed man represents past, present and future.
"Learning from yesterday, today acts prudently, lest by his action he spoil tomorrow."
It was interesting for me to contemplate this work in the National Gallery. It reminds me that we all stand on the shoulders of giants when we think that we create something new. Earlier this year I made a piece called HUMILITY which also explores the theme of symbolism. I am always curious about ways to combine words and images, how to represent what I learn from reading into visual imagery. Would Titian have allowed me in his workshop to study this?