Portrait of Jacopo Strada (1567 – 1568) by Titian

Portrait of Jacopo Strada - Titian - 1567 - 1568

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TitlePortrait of Jacopo Strada
Date1567 - 1568
Dimensions95 x 125 cm
Art MovementMannerism (Late Renaissance)
Current LocationKunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna, Austria

About Portrait of Jacopo Strada

The artwork “Portrait of Jacopo Strada,” created by the esteemed artist Titian between 1567 and 1568, exemplifies the opulent and complex style characteristic of the Mannerism movement during the Late Renaissance. Crafted in oil on canvas, this portrait measures 95 by 125 centimeters and is categorized within the portrait genre. Currently, it is part of the collection at the Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna, Austria.

In the artwork, Titian captures Jacopo Strada in a three-quarter pose against a backdrop of architectural elements and objets d’art. Strada is depicted with a confident gaze directed towards the viewer, embodying a sense of self-assurance and intellectual gravitas. He stands beside a table covered with a crimson cloth, upon which various coins or medals are displayed, suggesting his role as an antiquarian or a connoisseur of the arts. His right hand rests delicately upon the table, accentuating the fine objects and perhaps referencing his expertise in these matters.

Strada is sumptuously dressed, his attire speaking to his status and wealth. He wears a dark doublet adorned with a golden chain and a fur-lined over-garment that drapes over his left shoulder, its texture rendered with meticulous attention to detail. The rich orange of his sleeve creates a visual contrast with the dark tones of his clothing, adding a striking element to the composition.

The background includes a carefully inscribed plaque and classical statuary, which further aligns the subject with the cultural and intellectual elite of his time. Titian’s signature can be found on the stone ledge beside the statuette, attesting to his authorship of this masterful portrayal. The controlled use of light, the nuanced modeling of Strada’s features, and the harmonious blend of colors all contribute to the painting’s evocative and enduring impact.

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