Young Man with Cap and Gloves (1512 – 1515) by Titian

Young Man with Cap and Gloves - Titian - 1512 - 1515

Artwork Information

TitleYoung Man with Cap and Gloves
Date1512 - 1515
Dimensions100 x 84 cm
Art MovementHigh Renaissance

About Young Man with Cap and Gloves

The artwork entitled “Young Man with Cap and Gloves” was created by the illustrious Renaissance painter Titian between 1512 and 1515. Executed in oil on canvas, this portrait, measuring 100 by 84 centimeters, is a quintessential example of the High Renaissance art movement. The genre of this piece is portraiture, a form highly popular during the period for its ability to capture the essence of the individual.

The artwork showcases the bust of a young man facing slightly to his right, making indirect eye contact with the viewer, which imparts a thoughtful and introspective mood. The subject’s dark, penetrating eyes and firm, set jawline are rendered with meticulous attention to detail, reflective of the High Renaissance’s focus on realism and individualism. His face is marked with a clear, ruddy complexion and features that bear a vivid sense of life and character.

He wears a black cap that sits tightly against his head, leaving his strong brow and flowing hair visible. The young man is also adorned with a black garment donned over a white shirt with a red garment visible underneath, alluding to the fashion of the era. His hands, one resting on the other, are covered by elegant, finely crafted gloves, emphasizing his genteel status. The gloves, along with his attire, were likely indicative of his social standing and the taste of the time.

The dark, muted background contrasts sharply with the young man’s pale skin and the striking chiaroscuro applied to his clothing. This artistic technique enhances the three-dimensionality of the figure, which was a hallmark of Titian’s mastery and the period’s aesthetic ideals. The overall composition conveys a sense of quiet dignity and poised elegance, characteristics sought after in the portraiture of the High Renaissance.

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