Titian completed a series of portraits of this pope, whose reign began in 1534 (with or without assistants, with or without head covering); all the originals can be found in Naples. The Viennese picture is considered a replica, as are those in the Hermitage and in Paris. Yet even here one feels Titian’s profound psychological insight in the depiction of this personality, who was also remarkably important as a patron of the arts. The compositional model was Raphael’s portrait of Pope Julius II (London, National Gallery).
Overall: 90 cm × 78,5 cm × 3,8 cm
Framed: 118,5 cm × 108,5 cm × 6 cm
Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien, Gemäldegalerie
1816 in the gallery
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