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

Study for the Duke of Urbino

c. 1536
Pen and ink on yellowed white paper, 237 x 141 mm
Galleria degli Uffizi, Florence

This is Titian's only known surviving drawing for any of his painted portraits. A study above all of the suit of armour and to capture the pose, it is clearly based on a model rather than on the duke himself, to whom the head bears little resemblance. The drawing thus confirms what one might in any case have suspected: that Titian's portraits were not executed in the presence of his sitters, most of whom were too grand or too busy to devote much time to posing for the painter.