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

Portrait of Ippolito Riminaldi

c. 1528
Oil on canvas, 116 x 93 cm
Accademia di San Luca, Rome

Many scholars believe that Titian did not paint this portrait. The body of Riminaldi appears too flat, and the use of the table in the foreground to separate the figure from the observer is not skillful enough. When carefully compared to portraits painted by Titian, it becomes clear how masterful was his ability to give his portraits a three- dimensional quality, even against a neutral background.