TIZIANO Vecellio
(b. 1490, Pieve di Cadore, d. 1576, Venezia)

Christ the Redeemer

Oil on wood, 77 x 57 cm
Galleria Palatina (Palazzo Pitti), Florence

Painted for Francesco Maria della Rovere, duke of Urbino, this work contrasts with portraits Titian executed in the same period. Adhering to an earlier practice, he made a preliminary drawing, maintaining clear contours he perhaps considered more seemly than chiaroscuro for a representation of Christ.