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

Doge Antonio Grimani Kneeling Before the Faith (detail)

Oil on canvas
Palazzo Ducale, Venice

Titian's tasks as official painter to the Venetian Republic included the execution of votive paintings commissioned by the doges. He worked extremely slowly on this large painting of an allegorical figure of Faith appearing to Doge Antonio Grimani, depicted in a theatrical pose of devotion. This is the best preserved part of a badly damaged painting. Left unfinished at the painter's death and saved from a fire in the Doge's Palace, it was completed by Marco Vecellio, Titian's nephew. The painting is in the Sala delle Quattro Porte.