Portrait of a Young Man, Titian
Titian
Portrait of a Young Man
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Portrait of a Young Man, ca. 1510


Dimensions
20.0 x 17.0 x 0.4 cm
Physical Description
Mixed technique on poplar
Inventory Number
1133
Acquisition
Acquired in 1881
Status
Not exhibited

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About the Work

The young Titian was still strongly influenced by the art of the somewhat older Giorgione when he painted this portrait of a youth with miniature-like subtlety. Its appeal lies in the subject’s pensively melancholy expression and the exquisite palette. In early sixteenth-century Venice there was a flourishing courtesan culture – as reflected, for example, in Bartolomeo Veneto’s ‘Flora’ – but it was also fashionable to collect items of a homoerotic nature. Perhaps it was for this clientele that both Altobello Meloni’s androgynous ‘Narcissus’ and Titian’s portrait were painted.

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Title
Portrait of a Young Man
Painter
Period Produced
School
Object Type
Physical Description
Mixed technique on poplar
Material
Technique

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Collection
Picture Copyright
© Städel Museum
Acquisition
Acquired in 1881

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Primary
  • 61B111(+52) anonymous historical person portrayed alone (+ (full) bust portrait)
  • 31D12 youth, young man, adolescent
  • 31B6213 looking sideways
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15.05.2019