Philipp II, as Prince (1550 – 1551) by Titian

Philipp II, as Prince - Titian - 1550 - 1551

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TitlePhilipp II, as Prince
Date1550 - 1551
Dimensions111 x 193 cm
Art MovementMannerism (Late Renaissance)
Current LocationMuseo del Prado, Madrid, Spain

About Philipp II, as Prince

The artwork titled “Philipp II, as Prince” was crafted by the renowned artist Titian between the years 1550 and 1551. This oil painting on canvas measures 111 by 193 centimeters and epitomizes the Mannerism movement within the Late Renaissance period. The piece is a portrait, and it is currently housed at the Museo del Prado in Madrid, Spain.

The artwork depicts a full-length figure, presumably of a royal individual, given the luxurious and detailed armor in which the subject is adorned. The armor is richly ornamented with intricate designs and embellishments that reflect the light with a metallic sheen, showcasing the high level of skill and attention to detail exercised by Titian. The subject’s posture is confident and composed, with one hand resting on a table draped with a red cloth and the other by the subject’s side, near the hilt of a sword, emphasizing their status and martial prowess.

The subject’s attire is complemented by a distinguished ruff around their neck and a patterned fabric that suggests wealth and a high social ranking. The facial expression is serious and contemplative, with direct engagement with the viewer, which was a common stylistic approach in portraiture during this period to convey the importance and character of the depicted individual.

The background of the painting is subdued, using neutral tones that contrast with the vibrancy of the armor and the individual, drawing the viewer’s attention to the subject of the portrait. With its formal composition and the individual’s regal bearing, the artwork embodies the grandeur and sophistication that were hallmarks of portraiture in the Mannerist period of the Late Renaissance.

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