around 1510/15, Artist: Tiziano Vecellio, gen. Tizian




Named after the violet in her cleavage, Titian’s Violante is a classic example of the “belle donne” portraits so popular in 16th century Venice. The sensual physical beauty – the skin that seems to breathe, the silkily shimmering hair – is enhanced by the splendid dress with its richly nuanced material. Characteristics of Titian ’s early style are evident here: the partially very delicate brush-work, the tracery of the details, as well as the colours made intensely luminous by the use of wood as the picture’s surface.

Location: Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien, Kabinett 4

Object data

Object Name



Italian, Venetian


around 1510/15


Tiziano Vecellio, gen. Tizian (um 1488 Pieve di Cadore - 1576 Venedig) - GND


Poplar wood


unten und rechts etwas beschnitten: slightly cut at lower and right side: 64,5 x 50,8 cm
Framed: 79 x 65 x 7 cm

Image rights

Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien, Gemäldegalerie

Inv. No.

Gemäldegalerie, 65


In the collection Bartholomeo della Nave until 1636, then bought by Lord Feilding (British ambassador in Venice) in 1638; In the collection Marques (Duke) of Hamilton, London (1638-1649); Since 1659 in the collection of Archduke Leopold Wilhelm.

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