Portrait of Isabella of Portugal

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Portrait of Isabella of Portugal
Isabella of Portugal by Titian.jpg
Artist Titian
Year 1548
Medium oil on canvas
Dimensions 117 cm × 98 cm (46 in × 39 in)
Location Museo del Prado, Madrid

The Portrait of Isabella of Portugal is an oil-on-canvas portrait of Isabella of Portugal by Titian dating to 1548. It was part of the Spanish royal collection and is now in the Museo del Prado in Madrid.

Description[edit]

The subject is Isabella of Portugal (1503–1539), wife of Charles I of Spain and daughter of King Manuel I of Portugal. Titian painted her after her death, using a mediocre painting for reference.[1] The portrait follows a classic scheme already used by Raphael and Leonardo da Vinci, in which the model sits next to a window opening on a landscape. The landscape gives depth to the composition, and its greenish and bluish tones provide a contrast to the interior scene dominated by warm colors. The figure shows some stiffness, possibly related to the concept of majesty as used in the iconography imperial.

The figure wears a rich red dress and gold brocade and trimmed with rhinestones. It is decorated also with flashy jewelry, like a necklace of pearls with a clasp at the chest with gems hanging from another teardrop pearl, a ring on her right hand, or a jewel topped headdress, a rigid hairstyle very fashionable at the time, made up with braids. The Empress holds an open book in her left hand, perhaps a missal or prayer book, and looks at a distant point with preoccupied expression.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Tiziano Vecellio, Charles Hope, Jennifer Fletcher, Jill Dunkerton, Miguel Falomir Faus, Nicholas Penny, Caroline Campbell, Amanda Bradley, and David Jaffe. 2003. Titian: [National Gallery, London 19 February - 18 May 2003]. London: National Gallery. p. 36. ISBN 1857099044.

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