Portrait d`Isabella d`Este by Tiziano Vecellio
Portrait d`Isabella d`Este by Tiziano Vecellio

Portrait d Isabella d Este

Portrait d Isabella d Este (Portrait of Isabel of Este – 1534 – 1536) by Italian Painter Tiziano Vecellio (Titian 1488 – 1576); was part of the High Renaissance and Mannerism art movements; and was considered to be the most versatile of Italian painters demonstrating great skill at painting portraits, landscape backgrounds, mythological and religious subjects.

This portrait d’Isabella d’Este by Titian is one of two portraits he did of her; the other portrait was commissioned in 1529 Isabella in Red (or Aged Isabella); and is known through a copy that was done by Peter Paul Rubens.

The Portrait d’Isabella d’Estedepicted; is not of the much older and mature Isabella. The original portrait displeased her so much, that she commissioned a second idealized portrait (this one) of her from Titian, showing what she may have looked like 40 years earlier (she was about 62 years of age at the time of the second painting).

She also commissioned portraits by other great artist of the time such as Leonardo da Vinci and Andrea Mantegna.

Portrait d’Isabella d’Este is a retouched digital art old masters reproduction of a public domain image.

Info Below Derived From Wikipedia.org

Tiziano was the sone of Gregorio Vecellio and his wife Lucia. His father was a distinguished councilor, soldier, and the superintendent of the castle of Pieve di Cadore; he also managed the local mines of the region for their owners.

He was born in Pieve di Cadore, near Belluno, which was at the time, the Republic of Venice; and during his lifetime was called da Cadore, which is taken from his native region; Cadore.

The exact date of his birth is unknown, but he claimed in a letter to Philip II, King of Spain when he was an old man to have been born in 1474; even though many scholars debate this, based on writings of contemporaries his own age; putting his birth as early as 1473 to as late as 1490.

Many of Tiziano’s family members including his grandfather, were notaries and the family was well established in Cadore, which was ruled by Venice; and at about the age of 10 or 12 Tiziano and his brother were sent to one of his uncles in Venice to find an apprenticeship with a painter.

This was accomplished with the help of Sebastian Zuccato a minor painter in Venice, whose sons became well-known mosaicists (Mosaic Artist). Zuccato was able to arrange a position for the brothers to enter the studio of the elderly Gentile Bellini, and later they transferred over to the studio of his brother Giovanni Bellini; who at the time, were the leading artist of the city.

Tiziano Vecelli who is commonly known as Titian was an Italian painter of the Renaissance period, and is considered to be the most important member of the 16th century Venetian school; and his brother later became a respected painter in Venice.

Tiziano is recognized by his contemporaries as “The Sun Amidst Small Stars”; a statement that recalls the final line of Dante’s Paradiso; as he was one of the most versatile Italian painters that had no painting limitations.

He was equally capable of painting portraits, landscapes, religious and mythological subjects with elegance and grace with ease; and his painting methods especially in the use of color, had a profound influence on the painters of the late Italian Renaissance as well on the future artist of Western art.

Tiziano Vecelli along with Giorgione are considered to be the founders of the Venetian School of Italian Renaissance painting; and his career was established from the start as he was highly sought after by many patrons from Venice, then by the North Italian Princes and lastly by the Habsburgs and the Papacy.

As Tiziano matured as an artist the artwork created by him also changed; and although it was much different than the artwork he created in his youth; his use of color in his pieces did not.

Much of his later pieces do not show the vivid, luminous tints which were a strong point in his early works; but the loose brushwork and subtlety of tone remained and are considered to be without precedent in the history of Western painting.

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