TIZIANO Vecellio
(b. 1490, Pieve di Cadore, d. 1576, Venezia)

Portrait of Giulio Romano

c. 1536
Oil on canvas, 101 x 86 cm
Palazzo della Provincia, Mantua

Born in Rome, the son of one Pietro Pippi, and later named for his birthplace, Raphael's pupil Giulio Romano settled in Mantua in 1524, and assumed an important and versatile role there. Besides building and decorating the Palazzo del Tè, he constructed roads and fortresses, created theatrical sets and decorations for festivities, and designed carnival costumes and table silver. In Titian's portrait he is presenting himself as an architect, holding the very innovative ground plan for a centrally planned church, following examples by Brunelleschi and Bramante.

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