Portrait of a Lady in White (c.1561) by Titian

Portrait of a Lady in White - Titian - c.1561

Artwork Information

TitlePortrait of a Lady in White
Dimensions86 x 102 cm
Art MovementMannerism (Late Renaissance)
Current LocationGemäldegalerie Alte Meister, Dresden, Germany

About Portrait of a Lady in White

The artwork titled “Portrait of a Lady in White” is a creative endeavor by the acclaimed artist Titian, dating back to circa 1561. This oil on canvas masterpiece embodies the aesthetic of the Mannerism period, a phase of the Late Renaissance that emphasized complexity and virtuosity over naturalistic representation. The dimensions of the portrait measure at 86 by 102 centimeters. As its genre suggests, it portrays a lady and is currently housed in the Gemäldegalerie Alte Meister in Dresden, Germany.

The portrait showcases a lady dressed predominantly in white, a choice that reflects her status and wealth during the period in which it was painted. The attire is accented with delicate jewelry, including a necklace and bracelets, which epitomize the elegance of the era. The lady’s gaze is directed toward the viewer, offering a glimpse into her serene yet confident disposition. The creamy hues of her outfit are in contrast to the muted, darker background, which serves to bring the focus sharply onto her figure and facial features.

Titian’s expertise is evident in the detailing of the fabric texture and the intricate rendering of the lady’s attire, from the lustrous sheen of the material to the precise depiction of the bodice and the sleeves. The subtle use of light and shadow further sculpts her form, adding depth to the artwork and highlighting the artist’s deft use of the oil medium. Overall, the painting captures a sense of refined grace and poise, characteristics often sought in portraiture of its time. The “Portrait of a Lady in White” stands as a testament to Titian’s prowess and to the enduring allure of portraiture in art history.

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