Jacopo Strada (1515–1588) was an architect, goldsmith, soughtafter art expert and above all an internationally active antique dealer. The heavy gold chain distinguishes him as a member of court, the sword and the fur sliding from his right shoulder are evidence of his solid wealth. Strada’s posture is unique in Titian’s portraiture: the counter-movement of arms and head lend him dynamism and distance the observer. Whether Titian meant here subtly to criticise Strada’s occasionally aggressive business dealings remains a matter of debate.
Overall: 126 cm × 95,5 cm × 3 cm
Framed: 153 cm × 125 cm × 10 cm
Inscribed at upper left: TITIANVS.F; on the letter the address: Al Mag^co Sig^ore il Sig^or Titian(o) Vecellio .... Venetia
Die Kartusche mit der Inschrift (zeitlich später): JACOBVS DE STRADA.CIVIS ROMANVS. CAESS. ANTIQVARIVS ET COM:BELLICI:AN.AET: LI ET C M.LXVI
Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien, Gemäldegalerie
Coll. Leopold Wilhelm
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