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Giacomo Doria

Photo credit: Ashmolean Museum, University of Oxford

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Giacomo Doria, a Genoese merchant resident in Venice from 1529–1541, commissioned this dignified, restrained portrait around 1533–1535. Doria acted as diplomat for the Genoese state and had connections with the Hapsburg court; two of his sons were to become Doge of Genoa. This painting displays Titian's keen psychological sensitivity and his painterly skills in orchestrating a near-monochrome composition. He used possibly for the first time in his portraiture the device of a grand, polished marble column, thereby expanding the picture space and denoting the sitter as a person of wealth and authority.

The Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology





oil on canvas


H 115.5 x W 97.7 cm

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Purchased with the assistance of the Heritage Lottery Fund, the Art Fund and other donors, in memory of Professor Francis Haskell, 2000

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