Polyptych of the Resurrection – (Tiziano Vecellio (Titian)) Previous Next


Topic: Resurrection

Date: 1520

Size: 278 x 122 cm

Museum: Santi Nazaro e Celso (Brescia, Italy)

Technique: Oil On Canvas

In the final period, which saw Titian focussing his attention on religious themes, he still found the energy to paint portraits. Between 1567 and 1568 he produced two of his greatest masterpieces in this field: the Prado Self-Portrait and the Portrait of Jacopo Strada in Vienna.In the new Self-Portrait Titian departs completely from the scheme of the earlier one in Berlin. He depicts himself in profile, dressed in black and holding a paintbrush in clear allusion to his craft. Around his neck is the gold chain which reminds us that he held the rank of Knight of the Golden Spur. But, above all, the impression of inner strength and self-assurance exuded by the Berlin self-portrait has disappeared. In just a few years there has been a marked physical decline and, more significantly, the portrait suggests an erosion of the aging painter's self-confidence.Titian's late self-portrait demonstrates the same refined use of colour as the portrait of Doge Venier. There is an almost breathtaking virtuosity displayed in the way Titian paints the portrait using shades of black and brown. Only the face is emphasized with small touches of white. No other painter of his age ever succeeded in producing anything like this.

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