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

Young Man with Cap and Gloves

Oil on canvas, 100 x 84 cm
Garrowby Hall, Earl of Halifax Collection, London

In this portrait the dark costume is enlivened by colourful touches such as the pink sleeves, shining white shirt, and slightly yellow gloves. As in all his paintings of this period, Titian delights in clearly displaying different materials and the way light falls on them. The stone balustrade in the foreground separates the portrayed young man from the observer. At the same time, Titian is playing with the levels of reality, for the young man, by the way he is leaning on the balustrade, seems capable of stepping beyond the confines of the picture.