This work belongs to the late work of the famous Venetian artist. It is believed that initially she depicted the scene of the biblical confrontation between David and Goliath, but later the lower part of the picture with a giant warrior was cut out.
Giorgione is a progressive artist of his time. He rethought the concept of portraiture and introduced his word in this genre. Before us is a man with beautiful features and large calm eyes. They express self-confidence and fascinate the viewer with special meaningfulness. It seems that the man knows some kind of secret of the viewer - so intriguingly he peers at the person in front of him. Thick chestnut-colored hair pouring over the shoulders shows the strength and youth of its owner.
Unusual and pose of the depicted man. Most often, portraitists of the 16th century painted people in profile. Here we see a man in a half-turn. His neck is extended, and his chin is raised up towards the viewer. This arrangement of the body and head does not express a certain arrogance, characteristic of many portraits of that time, but speaks of the naturalness and ease of a man. One gets the impression that the hero of the picture was taken by surprise and painted an unexpectedly caught moment.
All work is written in restrained muted tones. But the dark background of the picture does not weaken the image of man. Light falls on a man from above. Thanks to this, the viewer has a great opportunity to consider in detail all the facial features of the hero. And as if the occasional gleaming jewelry on his clothes set the dynamics and some intimacy of the picture.
The self-portrait shows the viewer how Giorgione saw himself. He wanted to convey his confidence, ardor, strength and at the same time interest in the secrets of the human soul.
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