Tizians Porträt der Laura Dianti. Aneignung und Transformation zwischen Orient und Okzident
Autor: Sabine Engel
[erschienen in: IMAGE 28 Themenheft (Juli 2018)]
Oscillating between oriental and occidental elements Laura Dianti with a black page (c. 1523-1529) is one of the most fascinating portraits Titian ever painted. This paper analyses the influences of Ottoman culture and costume on this picture. Commissioned by Alfonso I d’Este, Duke of Ferrara, the portrait of his mistress, perhaps later on his third wife, was given as a present to Rudolph II, Holy Roman Emperor, in 1599. In the earliest inventory, written in Prague at that time, it was labeled as »A Turkish Woman with young Moor«. Numerous references to the oriental world can explain this misunderstanding. The black page himself, the first ever painted in a Renaissance portrait, as well as his clothes and those of Laura Dianti point to the Ottoman Empire. For example, her turban-like headgear with the enormous star can be considered as a clear derivation of Ottoman turbans of the sultans. Thus, in order to extinguish Laura’s humble origin as a milliner’s daughter, Titian created an oriental empress.