Portrait of Jacopo Strada

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Portrait of Jacopo Strada
Tizian - Bildnis des Jacopo de Strada.jpg
Artist Titian
Year 1567–1568
Medium oil on canvas
Dimensions 125 cm × 95 cm (49 in × 37 in)
Location Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna

The Portrait of Jacopo Strada is a 1567-68 portrait of the court librarian Jacopo Strada by Titian, now held in the Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna.[1]

Strada was not only an official book keeper, but also had many other qualities, and this portrait portrays him in his study surrounded by objects displaying his knowledge. He is shown wearing a gold chain, probably awarded him the previous year 1566 when he was appointed Antiquarius Caesareus by his employer Maximilian II, Holy Roman Emperor.

The inscription upper right reads JACOBVUS DE STRADA CIVIS ROMANVS CAESS. ANTIQVARIVS ET COM. BELIC. AN: AETAT: LI: et C.M.D.L. XVI (Jacopo de Strada, citizen of Rome, imperial Antiquary and Minister, aged 51 in the year 1566). The painting is signed top left: "TITIANVS F (ECIT)". The letter on the table additionally contains the words Titian Vecellio Venezia.

A century later this painting was documented in David Teniers the Younger's catalog Theatrum Pictorium of the art collection of Archduke Leopold Wilhelm in 1659[2] and again in 1673,[3] but the portrait had already enjoyed notoriety in Teniers' portrayals of the Archduke's art collection:


  1. ^ GG_81 in the museum collection
  2. ^ 266224 record in the RKD
  3. ^ 92 in Theatrum Pictorium, 1673