Portrait of Cardinal Filippo Archinto

Titian (Tiziano Vecellio), Italian (active Venice), first securely documented 1508, died 1576

Geography:
Made in Venice, Italy, Europe

Date:
1558

Medium:
Oil on canvas

Dimensions:
45 3/16 x 34 15/16 inches (114.8 x 88.7 cm)

Curatorial Department:
European Painting

Object Location:

* Gallery 252, European Art 1500-1850, second floor (ARCO Chemical Company Gallery)

Accession Number:
Cat. 204

Credit Line:
John G. Johnson Collection, 1917

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Label:
The unusual portrayal of this man can be explained by facts known about his life. Archinto was appointed archbishop of Milan in 1556, but political troubles prevented his taking possession of the post. The veil obscuring him from view stands for these difficulties. The episcopal ring, which the artist carefully reveals just outside the veil, symbolizes Archinto's legal right to office.


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