La Bella


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Creator: Titian
Title: La Bella
Date: c. 1536
Media: Oil on canvas
Measurement: 100 x 76 cm
Repository: Florence, Galleria Palatina

The subject of the La Bella appears quite distinguished in her gown, the textiles is detailed, giving the viewer a sense of her high standing in society. The fact of the painting is that the subject is not an individual, this portrait serves as a 'type': a representation of beautiful women. Beauty that is inviting to the viewer as her piercing gaze evokes a response and emotion. [1] This painting was commissioned by Francesco Maria della Rovere, Duke of Urbino: a letter from 1536 to Gian Giacomo Leonardi states: "You will tell Titian ... that we want him to finish that portrait of a woman in the blue gown, so that it is beautiful, the whole painting and the cover." The lack of a name for the woman proves that it served as a representation of ideal beauty, her importance lies in her perfectly dressed body and her poised attitude, an ideal sixteenth century figure.[2]

Consulted works:
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  1. ^ Tinagli, Paola. Women in Italian Renaissance Art: gender, representation, and identity. Manchester, UK and New York: Manchester University Press, 1997. Print.
  2. ^ Tinagli, Paola. Women in Italian Renaissance Art: gender, representation, and identity. Manchester, UK and New York: Manchester University Press, 1997. Print.
  3. ^ Gibellini, Cecilia. Titian . New York: Rizzoli, 2006. Print.
  4. ^ Biadene, Susanna, and Mary Yakush. Titian: prince of painters. Munich: Prestel, 1990. Print.