Portrait of Ippolito de Medici in a Hungarian Costume (1532 – 1533) by Titian

Portrait of Ippolito de Medici in a Hungarian Costume - Titian - 1532 - 1533

Artwork Information

TitlePortrait of Ippolito de Medici in a Hungarian Costume
Date1532 - 1533
Dimensions138 x 106 cm
Art MovementHigh Renaissance
Current LocationPalazzo Pitti, Florence, Italy

About Portrait of Ippolito de Medici in a Hungarian Costume

The artwork titled “Portrait of Ippolito de Medici in a Hungarian Costume” is an exemplar of the High Renaissance movement, masterfully created by the illustrious painter Titian between 1532 and 1533. This oil on canvas piece measures 138 x 106 cm and falls under the genre of portraiture. It is currently housed at the Palazzo Pitti in Florence, Italy, where viewers can appreciate the rich historical and cultural context embedded within the canvas.

The portrait depicts Ippolito de Medici adorned in a Hungarian costume, which signifies his status and wealth. The figure in the artwork conveys a sense of nobility and composure, standing assertively with one hand on his hip, suggesting both ease and authority. His dress is elaborately decorated, indicative of his rank and the customs of the era. The attire includes a dark, reddish-brown doublet with visible buttons and a matching hat adorned with a prominent feather, showcasing an attention to the fashionable attire of the time.

Titian’s use of deep, warm tones and the subtle interplay of shadow and light imbue the artwork with a lifelike quality and psychological depth, capturing the sitter’s solemn, introspective gaze. The background is dim, enhancing the focus on the central figure and his detailed attire. The skillful rendering of textures and fabrics underscores Titian’s mastery of the oil medium and his ability to convey the character and status of his subject through clothing and posture. This portrait is not only a representation of individual likeness but also a testament to the grandeur and complexity of Renaissance portraiture.

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