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Portrait of Pietro Aretino
16th Century
Born 1480 Italy, Died 1576
Portrait of Pietro Aretino
[Ritratto di Pietro Aretino]
Oil on canvas
65 x 53.5 cm  [HxW]
Marco Voena, Milano

Titian established a reputation as Europe’s supreme portraitist because of insightful character studies such as this. Pietro Arentino was a popular writer of vigorous satirical works. He has been caught at a moment of reflection. Paint layers are transparent and smooth with confident attention to the cuffs of the shirt and evidence in the patterns of the folds of the green tunic of Titian’s teacher Bellini.

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