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

Portrait of the Physician Gian Giacomo Bartolotti da Parma

c. 1515
Oil on canvas, 88 x 76 cm
Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna

This portrait is an early work by Titian. The sitter is Gian Giacomo Bartolotti (1465/70-1530), the scion of a well-known family of physicians active in various towns - Bologna, Cremona and Venice - in northern Italy. Titian shows the half-length figure of the greying, slightly tousled man in his prime against a dark background. Over his crimson velvet jacket which allows his shirt to show, he wears a broad-sleeved black robe. His left hand adorned with two rings grasps a grey stole cast over his left shoulder.