Portrait of a Man (1512 – 1513) by Titian

Portrait of a Man - Titian - 1512 - 1513

Artwork Information

TitlePortrait of a Man
Date1512 - 1513
Art MovementHigh Renaissance
Current LocationNeue Pinakothek, Munich, Germany

About Portrait of a Man

“Portrait of a Man” is a work by the renowned artist Titian, created in the period of 1512 to 1513. This masterpiece is an exemplar of the High Renaissance art movement, specifically focusing on the portraiture genre. The artwork finds its residence at the Neue Pinakothek in Munich, Germany.

The artwork presents the observer with a close view of a male figure gazing directly out of the canvas. The sitter’s countenance is rendered with thoughtful attention to the complexity of human expression. Titian captures a sense of the sitter’s presence and character through his skillful use of color and light. The man’s robust features are softened by the light that gently falls upon his face, highlighting his introspective gaze and the hint of a stern yet contemplative demeanor.

He is clad in a garment that suggests a luxurious texture, reflecting the light and hinting at a status of probable significance, as is further suggested by the red cloth that peeks from beneath his outer garment. His hair is of a dark color, swept back from his forehead and cascading to just at the base of his neck, framing his face naturally.

Titian’s command of the oil medium is evident in the brushwork; the tactile qualities of skin, hair, and fabric are remarkably conveyed with layered, subtle strokes. The composition of the artwork is straightforward yet powerful, focusing on the man’s upper body and face, which fills the frame, creating an intimate encounter with the viewer.

The background is subdued, serving as a neutral space that draws little attention, thus keeping the viewer’s focus primarily on the subject. The understated use of the background underscores the psychological engagement between the subject and the viewer, a characteristic that Titian has masterfully achieved in this portrait. Overall, the portrait exudes the dignity, depth, and the refined elegance that are the hallmarks of Titian’s work and the High Renaissance period.

Other Artwork from Titian

More High Renaissance Artwork

Scroll to Top