This picture was acquired by the late Signor Fantapi, at the end of last century in Lombardy, and has been pronounced by competent judges to be one of the master's most beautiful representations of this his favorite subject (as well as that of Venus), which has been repeated so often, but always with some variations; each of the following galleries possesses a Danae by Titian, viz: Naples; (the most famous one, mentioned by Vasari), "St. Petersburg," "Madrid," (the composition of which more nearly approaches the subject of this notice than any other,) "McLellan," (now in the Glasgow Institution), "Lord Farnley," "Cobham Hall," and Sir John Young, Bart. There are engravings in the Bibliotheque du Roi, at Paris, of this subject, . . . [PP. 17-18; entry includes a description of the six engravings noted in this commentary and a letter, written in Italian, from Signor Sindico on the authenticity of the Harrel version.]
Private Catalogue of the Harrel Art Collection, at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Summer Exhibition, 1876. A Collection of Paintings, Drawings, Water Colors, Miniatures, Enamels, Bronzes, &c. The Property of James Wharton Harrel, late Captain 2d Queen's Royal Regt., and 89th Princess Victoria's Regt. Press of Thomas S. Dando, 307 Walnut Street, Philadelphia.