Violante (1515 – 1518) by Titian

Violante - Titian - 1515 - 1518

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Artwork Information

Date1515 - 1518
Dimensions51 x 65.5 cm
Art MovementHigh Renaissance
Current LocationPrivate Collection, Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna, Austria

About Violante

The artwork “Violante” is an oil on canvas painting by the renowned artist Titian, created during the period 1515 to 1518. This exquisite portrait is a testament to the mastery of the High Renaissance art movement, measuring 51 by 65.5 centimeters. The genre of the painting is a portrait and it can be found within a private collection at the Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna, Austria.

The artwork presents the viewer with the depiction of a young woman, slightly turned to her left, engaging the onlooker with a direct yet mild gaze. Her facial features are rendered with delicate subtlety, which is characteristic of Titian’s skill in capturing the essence of his subjects. Luminous skin tones contrast with the dark backdrop, highlighting her visage and the refined textures of her attire. The woman’s golden hair falls in gentle waves and is partially tied back, revealing her forehead and accentuating the softness of her face.

She is adorned in a rich blue garment with a plunging neckline, combined with what appears to be a brown fur cloak draped over her left shoulder. The neckline is embellished with intricate lace and a small black ornament, which adds elegance to her ensemble. The lady’s hands are gracefully positioned, suggesting a sense of poise and perhaps a glimpse into her composed character.

The artful contrast of colors, the interplay of light and shadow, and the naturalistic representation of textures, all harmoniously coalesce in this portrait, affirming Titian’s esteemed position in the annals of fine art.

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