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The Pastoral Concert - Titian

The Pastoral Concert or Le Concert champêtre is an oil painting of c. 1509 attributed to the Italian Renaissance master Titian, previously attributed to his fellow and contemporary Giorgione. It is in the Musée du Louvre in Paris.

The painting was originally attributed to Giorgione, but modern critics assign it more likely to the slightly younger Titian, as the figures robustness is thought more typical of his style. It is also possible that Giorgione (whose works included elements such as music, pastoral subjects and the simultaneous representation of the visible and invisible) began the work, and then, after his death in 1510, it was finished by Titian.

The work was owned by the Gonzaga family, perhaps inherited from Isabella d'Este: it was later sold to Charles I of England. When the English royal collections were dispersed following the revolution of 1649, the painting was sold at auction to the German banker and art collector, Eberhard Jabach, who, in turn, sold it to Louis XIV in 1671.

The painting was also attributed to Palma the Elder and Sebastiano del Piombo.

Édouard Manet conceived his Le déjeuner sur l'herbe (1863) after viewing the Pastoral Concert in a visit to the Louvre museum.

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