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

The Young Englishman

c. 1540-45
Oil on canvas, 111 x 93 cm
Galleria Palatina (Palazzo Pitti), Florence

The light colour of the portrayed man's hair and eyes, and the elegance of his pose, led earlier interpreters to think he was a young Englishman, though there is no evidence to confirm this suggestion. The portrait is, however, undisputedly one of Titian's most masterly portraits.