The vast wealth of the Farnese, who had been politically and economically active in the northern part of Italy for centuries, guaranteed influence, culminating in with the election of a Farnese pope, Paul III. A family man, upon being confirmed pontiff Paul III wasted no time in sharing his good fortune, and appointed his grandson Alessandro Farnese to a cardinalship two months later. Alessandro was 14 years old. Alessandro certainly had plenty of all four, and also liked to have pictures of them. It is an example of erotic mythology, a genre that the pamphlet for the exhibition boldly claims Titian "established" in Renaissance painting. Perhaps, though his teacher Giorgione and older contemporary Michelangelo certainly took part in any such establishment.
The myth of Danae has been treated very differently by artists. Medal of Danae by Adriano Fiorentino. Later still the Renaissance painter Adriano Fiorentino cast a talismanic medallion of a hopeful Danae lying on a bed.
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