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Portrait of the Emperor Charles V (after Titian)
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Portrait of the Emperor Charles V (after Titian)

1603

Artist
Peter Paul Rubens (1577-1640)

After Titian (ca. 1488-1576)

Oil on canvascanvas (cut down)

Height: 76.3 cm ( canvas ); Width: 56.6 cm ( canvas ); Depth: 6 cm ( frame ); Width: 80.2 cm ( frame ); Height: 99.7 cm ( frame );

Acquisition (source, method, date)
Seilern, Antoine (Count); bequest; 1978
P.1978.PG.351

About this work
Rubens was the official painter to members of the Habsburg dynasty. He made a particular study of portraits of their great ancestor, the Holy Roman Emperor Charles V, by the sixteenth-century Venetian painter Titian, an artist he particularly admired. This canvas records Titian’s first portrait of Charles V (now lost). The Emperor is depicted as a knight, in full armour. (Permanent collection label)



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