Bravo

around 1515/20, Artist: Tiziano Vecellio, gen. Tizian

 

 

Bravo

Titian raises the close-up, half-length picture full of action as painted by his teacher Giorgione to a level of tense drama. The three-quarter length portrait of the protagonist wreathed with laurels contrasts with the shadowy profile of the daggerdrawing “bravo” (Italian: “henchman contracted by a lord”). The scene has not yet been satisfactorily interpreted: perhaps it shows the attack on Trebonius by Gaius Lusius in which Trebonius pulls his sword to kill the assailant – or alternately the capture of Bacchus by Pentheus’s followers.

Location: Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien, Kabinett 4

Object data

Object Name

Painting

Culture

Italian, Venetian

Dated

around 1515/20

Artist

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

Material

Canvas

Dimensions

Overall: 77 cm × 66,5 cm
Framed: 94 cm × 82,5 cm × 4,5 cm

Image rights

Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien, Gemäldegalerie

Inv. No.

Gemäldegalerie, 64

Provenance

1528 Zuanantonio Venier, Venice; 1636 Bartolomeo della Nave, Venice; 1638-1649 Hamilton; 1659 Leopold Wilhelm, Brussels

Kunst & Patenschaft

This object is still without a Art Patron. Accept the patronage and make sure that this cultural treasure is preserved for future generations.
Your donation is a direct and sustainable contribution to the scientific documentation, research, restoration, and presentation of the artworks of the Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien.

Become an art patron