Doge Antonio Grimani Kneeling Before the Faith (1575 – 1576) by Titian

Doge Antonio Grimani Kneeling Before the Faith - Titian - 1575 - 1576

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TitleDoge Antonio Grimani Kneeling Before the Faith
Date1575 - 1576
Dimensions365 x 5 cm
Art MovementMannerism (Late Renaissance)

About Doge Antonio Grimani Kneeling Before the Faith

The artwork “Doge Antonio Grimani Kneeling Before the Faith” is a masterpiece created by the renowned artist Titian between 1575 and 1576. Executed in oil on canvas, this allegorical painting is an exemplar of the Mannerism movement during the Late Renaissance. The dimensions of this imposing artwork are 365 x 5 cm, and it is steeped in symbolic representation.

In the artwork, Doge Antonio Grimani is depicted in a state of humility, kneeling before an allegorical representation of the Christian Faith. The central figure of Faith is portrayed as a stately woman standing upright, holding a cross and a chalice, the key symbols of Christianity. Surrounding her are cherubic figures and divine light, enhancing her heavenly presence. To the left, a figure with a book, possibly representing a saint or theologian, gazes towards the vision. The opulent drapery and architectural elements bring a sense of grandeur, indicative of the venetian style incorporated by Titian. The right side of the painting showcases soldiers and attendants in contemporary armor and clothing, imbuing the scene with both temporal power and the respect for the pious act depicted. The composition orchestrates a contrast between the doge’s earthly authority and his spiritual submission, a powerful statement on virtue and the role of faith in governance and personal conduct.

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