Portrait of Eleonora Gonzaga


Creator: Titian
Title: Portrait of Eleonora Gonzaga
Date: 1536-37
Media: Oil on canvas
Measurement: 114 x 103 cm
Repository: Florence, Uffizzi Gallery

The painting was created to accompany the portrait of Eleonora Gonzaga's husband, Francesco Maria della Rovere. Francesco's portrait emphasizes a sense of strength: painted in armor, his stance individualistic. Eleonora's portrait on the other hand is quiet, subdued, emphasizing the sense of decorum adopted by the noble ladies of the sixteenth century.[1] The painting is full of symbols: the black and gold of her gown are representative of the colors of the Montefeltro, the dog and the clock can be representative of her status but are also believed to be symbols of fidelity, constancy and transience.[2] [3] Aretino wrote about these two portraits in a letter to Veronica Gambara, Countess of Correggio, 1537 -- praising the artist and the portraits.[4]

Portrait of Francesco Maria della Rovere:

Portrait of Eleonora di Toledo


  1. ^ Tinagli, Paola. Women in Italian Renaissance Art: gender, representation, and identity. Manchester, UK and New York: Manchester University Press, 1997. Print.
  2. ^ Biadene, Susanna, and Mary Yakush. Titian: prince of painters. Munich: Prestel, 1990. Print.
  3. ^ Agostini, Grazia. Tiziano nelle gallerie fiorentine . Firenze: Centro Di, 1978. Print.
  4. ^ Dolce, Lodovico, and Mark W. Roskill. Dolce's "Aretino" and Venetian art theory of the Cinquecento. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2000. 212. Print.