Portrait of a Man (1508) by Titian

Portrait of a Man - Titian - 1508

Artwork Information

TitlePortrait of a Man
Art MovementHigh Renaissance
Current LocationIndianapolis Museum of Art (IMA), Indianapolis, IN, US

About Portrait of a Man

The artwork titled “Portrait of a Man” was crafted by the illustrious Renaissance artist Titian in the year 1508. This oil painting exemplifies the High Renaissance art movement and falls under the genre of portraiture. It is currently housed within the esteemed collection of the Indianapolis Museum of Art (IMA) located in Indianapolis, Indiana, United States.

In the artwork, the audience is met with the dignified depiction of a man, portrayed from the waist up, with a direct and measured gaze that connects with the viewer. His countenance is marked by a composed sense of introspection and the faintest hint of a guarded expression. The subject has brown hair that falls smoothly to frame his face and a meticulously trimmed beard and mustache, which were characteristic of the grooming standards of the time.

He is attired in clothing indicative of the period, wearing a dark doublet with a linear pattern, over which is a white shirt featuring a pleated yoke, commonly seen in Renaissance fashion. Notably, the edges of his attire are lined with fur, suggesting a status of wealth or nobility. The background of the painting is subdued, allowing the viewer to focus entirely on the subject’s visage and attire. The use of light and shadow by the artist skillfully brings depth and realism to the figure, emphasizing Titian’s mastery of the oil medium and his ability to capture the human experience with authenticity and artistic finesse.

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