Alessandro Farnese (1546) by Titian

Alessandro Farnese - Titian - 1546

Artwork Information

TitleAlessandro Farnese
Art MovementHigh Renaissance
Current LocationNational Museum of Capodimonte, Naples, Italy

About Alessandro Farnese

The artwork titled “Alessandro Farnese” is a significant portrait that dates back to 1546, crafted by the renowned artist Titian, who was a pivotal figure during the High Renaissance. This piece of art epitomizes the refined techniques and humanistic themes of that era, typical of the portraiture genre. Currently, the artwork is housed in the esteemed collection of the National Museum of Capodimonte, located in Naples, Italy.

The artwork presents a half-length portrait of a man who appears to be nobly poised, exuding a calm and reflective demeanor. He is dressed in a lavish red garment that is indicative of his high status, with a headgear that complements the attire, suggesting a person of considerable importance or rank. The artist has rendered the subject’s facial features with realistic detail, capturing a sense of depth and psychology through sharp, discerning eyes that engage the viewer, as well as a well-groomed beard that adds to his distinguished appearance.

The individual’s posture and gesture are composed, with one hand gently resting on an unseen object, implying a moment of thought or action. The rich, warm hues of the red garment contrast against a darker background, drawing attention to the subject. The handling of light and shadow showcases Titian’s mastery in capturing texture, depth, and the three-dimensional quality of the figure in space. The painting, due to its historical context and artistic excellence, is not only a representation of the individual it depicts but also an exemplary reflection of the art movement and the artist’s capabilities during the High Renaissance period.

Other Artwork from Titian

More High Renaissance Artwork

Scroll to Top