Youth with Dogs (1575 – 1576) by Titian

Youth with Dogs - Titian - 1575 - 1576

Artwork Information

TitleYouth with Dogs
Date1575 - 1576
Dimensions100 x 117 cm
Art MovementMannerism (Late Renaissance)
Current LocationMuseum Boijmans van Beuningen, Rotterdam, Netherlands

About Youth with Dogs

The artwork “Youth with Dogs” was crafted by the eminent artist Titian between the years of 1575 and 1576. Exemplifying the oil on canvas medium, this portrait is a representative piece of the Mannerism movement from the Late Renaissance period. Its dimensions measure 100 by 117 centimeters. Currently, this piece resides in the Museum Boijmans van Beuningen, situated in Rotterdam, Netherlands.

In this compelling composition, the viewer is confronted with a scene featuring a youthful figure in the company of two dogs. The child, whose attire is rendered in a vibrant shade of red, grabs the attention at first glance, evoking a sense of innocence and companionship. The child appears steadfast and is intimately interacting with one of the dogs, placing a gentle hand on the animal’s back, suggesting a bond between the two. To the side lies the other canine, depicted in repose and enveloped in shadow, which contrasts with the light illuminating the child and the standing dog. The surroundings are imbued with a dusky atmosphere, with foliage and architectural structures faintly outlined in the background. The composition as a whole emanates a feeling of serene domesticity and suggests a narrative that leaves much to the interpretation of the viewer.

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