Portrait of Jacopo (Giacomo) Dolfin (c.1532) by Titian

Portrait of Jacopo (Giacomo) Dolfin - Titian - c.1532

Artwork Information

TitlePortrait of Jacopo (Giacomo) Dolfin
Dimensions105 x 91 cm
Art MovementHigh Renaissance

About Portrait of Jacopo (Giacomo) Dolfin

The artwork, “Portrait of Jacopo (Giacomo) Dolfin,” is a masterful creation by the Renaissance artist Titian, dated around 1532. This portrait, rendered in oil on canvas, measures 105 by 91 centimeters and is a quintessential example of the High Renaissance art movement. Known for its portrait genre, the piece encapsulates the era’s inclination towards realistic depiction and rich, psychological characterization.

In the portrait, the subject, Jacopo Dolfin, is portrayed with a confident yet restrained presence. A man with a high forehead, sharply contoured face, and a well-groomed beard, he looks directly out of the canvas with a measured gaze that seems to convey intelligence and authority. He is dressed in a luxurious velvet garment, which bespeaks his social status, with the meticulous rendering of the fabric’s texture showing Titian’s skill in capturing different materials. An especially notable detail is the letter the subject holds in his right hand, suggesting his engagement in matters of importance and possibly providing a hint of his occupation or interests. The lighting, subtlety of the flesh tones, and the nuanced depiction of character all contribute to the work’s lasting impact as an emblem of Renaissance portraiture.

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