Titian was very famous during his lifetime. For some time he was considered the official artist of his country, noble gentlemen ordered his portraits from him, he handled brushes and paints so well that after the death of his teacher he was able to finish those paintings that he did not have time to.
Throughout his life, with each of his paintings, Titian glorified the everyday world. Its beauty, which lies in the little things. His little joys that not everyone can see. Its subtle irony, which can be considered in chains of events, and the everyday happiness of being, which people often curtain in their own heads with curtains and hide from themselves, like something that does not exist.
All his life he worked hard, transferring the world to canvases, and he found time for a self-portrait only when he was an old man, and his death was just around the corner. This portrait is rather strange and not too characteristic for Titian. It is very dark - the brown background merges with the black clothes of the artist, and only his open hands and face are truly visible.
Titian portrays himself as realistically as possible, not trying to embellish anything. His face is streaked with wrinkles, his nose is hanging over his lips, his eyes are sunken, they look strictly and very carefully. The beard is neatly trimmed, the hair is hidden under a black hat, and the skin has the color of an old tree, a slightly yellowish tint, also inherent in ancient parchment scrolls.
In the face of the artist there are no special emotions. He is depicted in profile, looking past the viewer, somewhere beyond the edge of the picture. He is not joyful and not sad - he is calm, and his eyes express calmness and composure. As if he already foresees future death, and is completely ready for it. Life is good, but for a person wise enough death is only a step towards the unknown and a new and amazing adventure.
Illustrations of Bilibin Tale of Tsar Saltan