Portrait of Jacopo Sannazaro (1514 – 1518) by Titian

Portrait of Jacopo Sannazaro - Titian - 1514 - 1518

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TitlePortrait of Jacopo Sannazaro
Date1514 - 1518
Dimensions85.7 x 72.7 cm
Art MovementHigh Renaissance
Current LocationRoyal Collection (Buckingham Palace), London, UK

About Portrait of Jacopo Sannazaro

The artwork titled “Portrait of Jacopo Sannazaro” is attributed to Titian, a renowned artist of the High Renaissance. Created during the period of 1514 to 1518, this portrait encapsulates the essence of its era’s artistry and cultural values. Measuring 85.7 cm in height by 72.7 cm in width, the painting belongs to the genre of portraiture and is presently housed in the Royal Collection at Buckingham Palace in London, United Kingdom.

The “Portrait of Jacopo Sannazaro” features a half-length portrayal of the subject, positioned at an angle to the viewer, but with his face turned to offer a direct gaze that establishes a compelling connection with the onlooker. His attire is consistent with the fashion of the time, characterized by a dark outer garment topped with a white, pleated collar, indicative of his status and the trends of the period. In one hand, Jacopo Sannazaro holds a small book, suggesting his intellectual pursuits and perhaps his profession as a scholar or writer. The book is adorned with clasps, indicating a personal or valuable tome.

The background of the portrait is subdued, a common trait in Renaissance portraiture, allowing the viewer to focus intently on the subject’s facial features and expression. The illumination of the subject’s face and hands against the darker tones of the background and his clothing creates a dramatic juxtaposition, showcasing the skillful use of chiaroscuro that Titian and other artists of his time often employed.

Titian’s mastery in rendering the psychological depth and the dignified presence of his sitter is evident; Sannazaro’s steady, thoughtful eyes and the lifelike representation of his skin give a sense of immediacy and presence, as though he could speak at any moment. Such portraits not only served to immortalize their subjects but also acted as a testament to the artist’s ability to capture the essence of human character and status through paint.

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