Self-portrait (c.1550 – 1562) by Titian

Self-portrait - Titian - c.1550 - 1562

Artwork Information

Datec.1550 - 1562
Dimensions96 x 75 cm
Art MovementMannerism (Late Renaissance)
Current LocationGemäldegalerie, Berlin, Germany

About Self-portrait

The artwork titled “Self-portrait” is an oil on canvas created by the master artist Titian approximately between 1550 and 1562. It stands as an exemplar of the Mannerism movement, which characterizes the Late Renaissance period. The self-portrait measures 96 by 75 centimeters and currently resides in the Gemäldegalerie, Berlin, Germany.

In the artwork, Titian depicts himself with profound expressivity, his visage imbued with the gravity and wisdom of age. The artist’s gaze seems directed outward, reflecting an introspective demeanor, as he stands bathed in an atmosphere that accentuates his introspection. His attire, featuring a black garment with a white shirt underneath, suggests a man of stature; notably, a deep red, beaded necklace adorns his neck, lending a touch of opulence to the portrait.

Titian’s mature years are candidly conveyed through his lined face and the wizened look in his eyes, which are illuminated against the darker backdrop, drawing the viewer’s attention to the artist’s countenance. The positioning of his hands on a table surface adds to the composition’s balance and lends a tactile dimension to his portrayal. The nuanced depiction of textures—from the softness of his beard to the intricate folds of his garments—demonstrates Titian’s mastery over the medium and his deftness in rendering the subtle variations of light and shadow.

Truly, this self-portrait is not only a testament to Titian’s skill but also a window into the soul of an artist who has observed and contributed significantly to the tableau of Renaissance art.

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