Titian’s painting “Woman with a Mirror” is a masterpiece that depicts a sensual Venetian woman engrossed in her toilette. The painting is dated to c. 1515 and is housed at the Musée du Louvre. The woman’s green dress with shoulder straps and loose pleated white blouse are exquisitely detailed, showcasing the artist’s mastery of texture.
The central figure in the painting stands face-on, holding up a mirror while gazing at her reflection. In the mirror, a cupid holds up to her; she appears not to view herself but rather someone admiring her beauty. This has led many art historians to interpret the painting as an allegory of Beauty flaunting herself while grieving over its fleeting existence.
The youthful artist’s work represents one of his finest pieces from his early career. Titian poignantly captures his subject’s delicate features while imbuing it with intimacy and sensuality. His ability to incorporate such intricate detail into the flesh, jewels, fabric, and fur make this piece an epitome of Renaissance portraiture.