Portrait of a Young Man (The young Englishman) (c.1545) by Titian

Portrait of a Young Man (The young Englishman) - Titian - c.1545

Artwork Information

TitlePortrait of a Young Man (The young Englishman)
Dimensions111 x 93 cm
Art MovementMannerism (Late Renaissance)
Current LocationPalazzo Pitti, Florence, Italy

About Portrait of a Young Man (The young Englishman)

“Portrait of a Young Man (The young Englishman)” is a distinguished work of art by the Venetian master Titian, believed to have been created around 1545. This oil on canvas masterpiece embodies the Mannerist style characteristic of the Late Renaissance period. The artwork measures 111 by 93 centimeters and falls within the genre of portraiture. The piece is presently housed in the Palazzo Pitti, located in Florence, Italy.

The artwork captures the visage of a young man, presented in a three-quarter view against a dark, nondescript background that serves to focus the viewer’s attention on the figure. The young man has an introspective gaze that suggests a contemplative or introspective state. His attire is somber yet distinguished, encapsulating the fashion of the period—an elegant, dark-colored garment with a hint of opulence evidenced by the gold chain draped across his chest and the intricate white lace at his wrists, which also peeks from the neckline.

His hair is cut short, featuring the natural curls and texture of the era’s style. The subject’s complexion is painted with a realistic touch, showing nuanced skin tones that allude to the deft skill of Titian’s brushwork. His right hand is prominently positioned, clutching what appears to be a pair of gloves—a common symbol of status and gentility in Renaissance portraiture. The portrait exudes a refined aura, reflective of the elegance and subtlety of 16th-century European aristocracy.

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