In short, Titian revolutionized female portraiture during the sixteenth century. The character and individuality exuded in his portraits of women, especially those done during the 1530s and 1540s, is unprecedented. He managed to combine a flattering image that would please his patron with a powerful portrait that speaks volumes about the sitter’s personality. Titian’s women, unlike those painted by other contemporary artists, are not just flat representations of the virtuous, chaste noblewoman who is a reflection of her family’s wealth and prestige. Instead, they are individual women who are loved and respected. His figures form a direct connection with the viewer and seem real enough to hold a conversation with. They can intimidate, judge or dismiss the viewer, but it is clear that Titian intentionally created a dialogue between sitter and viewer in order to convey the sitter’s personality. This individualization of women in portraiture was an entirely new idea and revolutionized female portraiture forever.
I would like to thank my parents for supporting me throughout the creation of this project and Dr. Marjorie Och for providing me with the opportunity to travel to Venice and further my research.