Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Portrait of Alfonso d'Avalos, Marquis of Vasto, in Armor with a Page - Titian

Price in US $ - 70 million

Titian's Portrait of Alfonso d'Avalos (Governor of Milan and commander general of imperial forces in Italy under the Holy Roman Emperor, Charles V), painted in Bologna in the winter of 1533, signals the inception of one of the most influential prototypes in the history of Western art-the standing state portrait. Titian, along with Raphael, set the standard for court portraiture during the subsequent development of Western painting. This portrait heralds such remarkable later paintings as Anthony van Dyck's Portrait of Agostino Pallavicini, Domenico Fetti's Portrait of a Man with a Sheet of Music, and Guercino's Pope Gregory XV.

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