St Dominic (c.1565) by Titian

St Dominic - Titian - c.1565

Artwork Information

TitleSt Dominic
Art MovementMannerism (Late Renaissance)
Current LocationBorghese Gallery, Rome, Italy

About St Dominic

The artwork “St Dominic,” created by the renowned artist Titian around 1565, is a religious painting executed in oil on canvas. Situated within the Mannerism movement of the Late Renaissance, it depicts a religious subject matter, reflecting the era’s continued interest in biblical and saintly themes. Currently, the artwork resides in the Borghese Gallery in Rome, Italy, where it contributes to the rich collection of Renaissance art housed there.

The painting portrays Saint Dominic, who is recognized as the founder of the Dominican Order, in a moment of contemplation or spiritual insight. He is dressed in the traditional habit of his order, with a dark cloak over a white tunic, conveying a sense of humility and devotion. His figure is illuminated softly, with the light creating a stark contrast with the dark, understated background. This technique serves to draw the viewer’s attention directly to the saint’s expression and gestures, enhancing the emotional gravity of the scene. Saint Dominic’s gaze is cast upward, suggestive of a divine revelation or communion with God, while his right hand is lifted in a gesture that might indicate teaching or blessing.

Titian’s mastery of color and form is evident in the artwork’s composition, with a delicate balance between realism and the stylistic elongation characteristic of Mannerism. Through the painting, Titian emphasizes the saint’s spiritual fervor and gentleness, capturing not only the likeness of St Dominic but also his inner essence and the depth of his religious experience.

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