Woman with a Mirror (c. 1513-15) by Titian

Woman with a Mirror - Titian - 1515

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TitleWoman with a Mirror
MediumOil on Canvas
Dimensions93 x 76 cm
Art MovementHigh Renaissance
Current LocationLouvre, Paris, France

About Woman with a Mirror

The artwork “Woman with a Mirror” by Titian was painted in 1515 and is an exemplar of the High Renaissance movement. Executed in oil on canvas, this genre painting measures 93 x 76 cm. Presently, it is housed in the Louvre, Paris, France, where it continues to intrigue and impress visitors with its blend of naturalism and idealized beauty, typical of the High Renaissance art.

The artwork depicts a woman of gentle countenance, gazing softly outwards, seemingly lost in thought, as she holds a mirror in her right hand. Her left hand lightly touches the mirror’s edge, as if contemplating her own reflection. The opulent textures of her clothing are rendered in painstaking detail, from the translucent sheen of her blouse to the richness of her black skirt. A man appears behind her, delicately placing a string of pearls in her hair, indicating a moment of adornment or a gentle act of affection. The symphony of gazes – her reflective look and his attentive eyes – creates a narrative of beauty, intimacy, and perhaps introspection. The elusive expression on the woman’s face, coupled with the tender interaction, lends the painting a mysterious air, inviting viewers to ponder the relationship between the characters, and the larger themes of beauty and vanity. The soft lighting and masterful use of colour showcase Titian’s skill in capturing the subtleties of flesh and fabric alike, a testament to his place among the great artists of the Renaissance.

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