rose madder

For the first time in my life tonight I thought I’d look at some of Titian‘s work.

(I mention him briefly in “the penultimate supper” so I thought I should probably have a look.)

Suddenly, from almost 30 years ago, a limerick my father taught me comes flooding back:

While Titian was mixing rose madder
His model reclined on a ladder.
Her position, to Titian, Suggested coition
So he climbed up the ladder and had ‘er.

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