Portrait of Francesco Maria della Rovere (1536 – 1538) by Titian

Portrait of Francesco Maria della Rovere - Titian - 1536 - 1538

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TitlePortrait of Francesco Maria della Rovere
Date1536 - 1538
Dimensions114.3 x 100 cm
Art MovementHigh Renaissance
Current LocationUffizi Gallery, Florence, Italy

About Portrait of Francesco Maria della Rovere

The artwork, “Portrait of Francesco Maria della Rovere,” is a masterful oil painting on canvas by the renowned artist Titian, executed between 1536 and 1538. As a prime example of the High Renaissance art movement, this portrait measures 114.3 x 100 cm and belongs to the genre of portraiture. Currently, it holds a prominent place in the collection of the Uffizi Gallery in Florence, Italy, where it continues to draw the admiration of art enthusiasts and scholars.

The artwork depicts Francesco Maria della Rovere, exuding a potent sense of presence and authority. Dressed in a finely detailed suit of armor, the subject’s attire signifies his military prowess and noble status. The armor is rendered with meticulous attention to the play of light on the polished metal surfaces, highlighting the textures and embellishments characteristic of the period. The portrait is imbued with a life-like quality through the use of deep, rich tones and Titian’s consummate skill in capturing the subject’s composed yet penetrating gaze, which engages directly with the viewer.

Adding to the composition’s depth, a striking plumed helmet rests on a red cloth to the left, symbolizing the sitter’s readiness for battle. His right hand is placed assertively on his hip, and a collection of formidable weapons, including halberds, appear in the background to the right, further alluding to his martial role. The artist’s signature is visible on the lower left, confirming the authenticity and importance of this work. This portrait not only encapsulates the individual character and status of Francesco Maria della Rovere but also stands as a testament to Titian’s mastery in the depiction of noble subjects, imbuing them with gravitas and nobility.

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