Portrait of Fabrizio Salvaresio (1558) by Titian

Portrait of Fabrizio Salvaresio - Titian - 1558

Artwork Information

TitlePortrait of Fabrizio Salvaresio
Dimensions112 x 88 cm
Art MovementMannerism (Late Renaissance)
Current LocationKunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna, Austria

About Portrait of Fabrizio Salvaresio

The artwork entitled “Portrait of Fabrizio Salvaresio,” is a painting by the renowned artist Titian, completed in 1558. This oil on canvas measures 112 by 88 centimeters and is a characteristic example of the Mannerism movement, specifically belonging to the Late Renaissance period. Currently, this portrait is housed at the Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna, Austria. The genre of this work is portraiture, demonstrating the artist’s skill in capturing the likeness and personality of the sitter.

The artwork portrays a man standing in a three-quarter length pose, with his right hand resting on what appears to be a piece of furniture, while his left hand is slightly tucked into his belt. He is dressed in a black tunic with a fur-lined trim, signifying a status of wealth or significance. On his head, he wears a beret which complements the tones of his attire. The subject gazes out of the canvas directly at the viewer with an assertive expression, which, along with the pose, suggests a sense of confidence.

In the background, there is an architectural element, perhaps a model of a building or monument, which adds a sense of depth to the composition. The color palette is rich but subdued, with earthen tones that convey a somber yet dignified atmosphere. The text on the plaque behind the subject is likely to identify the sitter and possibly commends the artist’s work, which was a common practice in portraiture of this period.

Titian’s mastery is evident in the delicate rendering of the sitter’s facial features, the intricate representation of the fur and fabric, and the balanced composition, all of which contribute to the work’s overall sense of grandeur and sophistication.

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