Portrait of Doge Andrea Gritti
Titian - circa 1535-1540
986 x 1280 • 1312 KB
A unique feature of the Venetian Republic was its system of government; through an intricate system of checks and balances, power was ultimately entrusted to an elected official. The chief executive of Doge, Andrea Gritti, who had distinguished himself as military commander and diplomat, ruled the city of Venice from 1523 until his death in 1538. In this magnificent portrait Titian has created the arch-type of an imperious ruler. The bulky figure seems almost to burst out of the frame, and the face, with its severe mouth and intense stare, reveals Gritti's grim and ruthless personality. The massive hand with which the Doge grasps his cape may be based upon the hand of Moses in the famous statue by Michelangelo. Although Titian did not journey to Rome until 1545, he would have known of this hand through a cast brought to Venice by the sculptor Jacopo Sansovino.
Owner/Location: National Gallery of Art - Washington DC  (United States - Washington)
Dates: circa 1535-1540
Artist age:Approximately 52 years old.
Dimensions: Height: 134 cm (52.76 in.), Width: 103 cm (40.55 in.)
Medium: Painting - oil on canvas
Entered by: Member laure9 on 06 November 2008.
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