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

Portrait of a Man

Oil on canvas, 179 x 114 cm
Galleria Palatina (Palazzo Pitti), Florence

The relief in the background refers to a macabre musical contest between the god Apollo and the satyr Marsyas, a motif suggesting that the unknown subject of Titian's painting may have been a poet. Titian was largely responsible for introducing the half- and full-length formats, the latter once reserved for royalty.