Portrait of Pope Julius II (1545 – 1546) by Titian

Portrait of Pope Julius II - Titian - 1545 - 1546

Artwork Information

TitlePortrait of Pope Julius II
Date1545 - 1546
Dimensions99 x 82 cm
Art MovementMannerism (Late Renaissance)
Current LocationPalazzo Pitti, Florence, Italy

About Portrait of Pope Julius II

The artwork, “Portrait of Pope Julius II,” was created by the accomplished artist Titian during the period spanning 1545 to 1546. This oil on board measures 99 by 82 centimeters and is a quintessential example of the Mannerism movement within the Late Renaissance. Classified as a portrait, it resides in the Palazzo Pitti in Florence, Italy.

In this notable artwork, the figure of Pope Julius II is depicted with a solemn and reflective demeanor. The pontiff is clothed in his papal vestments, which include a rich, deep red mantle lined with white trimming and a simple white alb underneath. His aged face is characterized by a strong profile with a flowing white beard, evoking wisdom and authority. The artwork’s composition is balanced, with Pope Julius II seated, his hands delicately placed one over the other, displaying several rings—symbols of his ecclesiastical power and status. The dark background serves to draw focus to the figure, emphasizing his presence and the intricate detailing of his attire. The careful rendering of textures, from the luxurious fabrics to the softness of the beard, illustrates the artist’s meticulous attention to detail and his mastery of the oil medium.

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