Portrait of Pietro Aretino (c.1548) by Titian

Portrait of Pietro Aretino - Titian - c.1548

Artwork Information

TitlePortrait of Pietro Aretino
Dimensions99 x 82 cm
Art MovementMannerism (Late Renaissance)
Current LocationFrick Collection, New York City, NY, US

About Portrait of Pietro Aretino

The artwork “Portrait of Pietro Aretino” is a notable creation by the renowned artist Titian, dated circa 1548. Executed in oil on canvas, this portrait is a quintessential example of the Mannerism movement during the Late Renaissance. The dimensions of the artwork are approximately 99 by 82 centimeters. As a genre, it falls under portraiture and is currently housed at the Frick Collection in New York City, New York, United States.

The artwork depicts the illustrious literary figure Pietro Aretino in a half-length portrait. Aretino’s presence is conveyed through a penetrating gaze that engages the viewer, suggesting his intellectual prowess and influence. He is dressed in a sumptuous, golden-brown tunic with a fur-lined overgarment that denotes his status and wealth. His attire is complemented by a thick, braided gold chain that drapes around his shoulders, signifying distinction or possibly a reward for his services or achievements.

Titian masterfully captures the textures of both the luxurious fabrics and the sitter’s physical features, including his finely detailed beard and the flesh tones in his hands and face. The background is dark and subdued, allowing the figure of Aretino and his rich clothing to dominate the visual field. The subtle use of chiaroscuro enhances the three-dimensional form of the subject, with deft brushwork and the meticulous depiction of light contributing to the overall persona of the sitter.

Overall, the portrait stands as a testament to Titian’s skill in capturing the character and status of his subjects, as well as his important role in the art movement of his time. The artwork not only serves as a representation of Pietro Aretino but also as a window into the cultural and artistic atmosphere of the 16th century.

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