Portrait of Antonio Anselmi (c.1550) by Titian

Portrait of Antonio Anselmi - Titian - c.1550

Artwork Information

TitlePortrait of Antonio Anselmi
Dimensions75 x 63 cm
Art MovementMannerism (Late Renaissance)
Current LocationThyssen-Bornemisza Museum, Madrid, Spain

About Portrait of Antonio Anselmi

The artwork entitled “Portrait of Antonio Anselmi”, attributed to the venerable artist Titian, is believed to have been created around the year 1550. This oil painting, depicting a gentleman of the period, reflects the Mannerist style of the Late Renaissance. Measuring 75 by 63 centimeters, this portrait genre piece can be found at the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum in Madrid, Spain, where it contributes to the rich tapestry of historical Western art.

In the artwork, the subject is a bearded man presented in three-quarter view against a dark, almost monochromatic background that enhances the focus on his visage and attire. The man’s expression is contemplative and serene, with his gaze directed towards the viewer, conferring a sense of a personal connection. Notable is the portrayal of the light, which subtly highlights the textures of the man’s skin and black clothing, along with the intricate detail of his ruffled collar. Attention is given to the psychological depth of the subject, a hallmark of Titian’s portraiture, revealing a dignified and introspective character. The economy of color and the artist’s adept use of chiaroscuro lend the subject an air of gravity and refinement, hallmarks of Mannerist portraiture that sought to capture both elegance and the complexity of human emotion.

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