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

Christ and the Good Thief

c. 1566
Oil on canvas, 137 x 149 cm
Pinacoteca Nazionale, Bologna

There is considerable disagreement about the attribution of this work to Titian. While the manner in which the colours are applied is reminiscent of his late work, the extraordinary spatial effect, which is mainly produced by the turning of the thief's cross, can be observed in none of his later works. The way the light falls would also be an unusual feature in Titian's works in the 1560s. If this indeed is not one of his paintings, it is nonetheless one of the highest quality examples of the adoption of elements of his style by other artists.

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